If you’ve noticed a strange sparkle in the eyes of wild animals and passersby and a smell of meat wafting through the air, don’t worry, you aren’t losing your mind. It’s just that indescribably awesome Pop Surrealist artist Mark Ryden (previously featured here) has a breathtaking new exhibition, entitled The Gay 90′s: West, which just opened at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. The gallery walls were painted pink to better show off the soft palette Ryden’s gorgeous paintings.
"Ryden’s latest neoclassical and pop surrealistic works are populated by young girls, religious icons, and street peddling Abraham Lincoln in 1890s America. Each piece is framed in Japanese wood, an art in its own right, ornately carved in bas-relief with motifs like birds, leafy branches, and the faces of his characters."
In addition to all of the fascinating paintings, sculpture and sketches, Ryden also released a limited edition, translucent red vinyl LP, entitled “The Gay Nineties Olde Tyme Music”, featuring covers of the song “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)” performed by artists such as Tyler the Creator, Weird Al, Katy Perry, Nick Cave, Kirk Hammett, Mark Mothersbaugh and more. Profits from the sale of the LP will go to Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that revitalizes music education in disadvantaged schools.
Visit Juxtapoz to listen to the covers and watch the wonderfully strange music videos that go with them.
And if that’s still not enough Ryden for you (and we totally understand), you can purchase a big beautiful book containing work from Ryden’s 2010 exhibition, The Gay 90’s - Old Tyme Art Show, over on Amazon.