Mark Ryden is undoubtedly an unprecedented artist who, from the beginning of his career, has made us dream and has seduced us with his works characterized by bright palettes and stunning technique.
His giant canvases scattered with alchemical symbols and icons of pop culture, cryptic and at the same time revealing the soul of contemporary society, become the protagonists of an exhibition event chosen by the Artist and his Galleries: Kasmin NY and Michael Kohn LA, to close the year 2022 in style. An exceptional collaboration with Mattel Creation and the legendary Barbie.
We are now wondering: at what prices can these unique dolls be sold in auction houses?
While our hands do not dare to open their boxes which are also covered with details and uniqueness, we stop to observe, in particular, the 'Pink Pop Barbie Doll'. The doll captures the gaze with its bright pink and the various accessories accompanying it: a snow yak, a meat bag and a vase of flowers.
The dress is a triumph of details, ranging from flowers, to hearts and stars, covered with icing and apparently edible.
Pink, Mark Ryden's distinctive sign and favourite colour, is the point of union with Barbie. The Artist loves pink, as he himself says, for its power to emanate peace and positivity. That is why we see this Barbie as his most iconic.
The choice to create the Barbie Bee is more than profound, and the Bee is, in fact, the symbol always used by the Artist to remind his commitment to ecology. The Bee Barbie stands out on a flowery background, and presents itself to us with two small shiny wings, high heels and wrapped in flashy yellow and black fur.
Since the beginning of his career, Ryden has represented unmistakable female figures, characterized by large eyes and surrounded by a strong nostalgic atmosphere, in a universe reminiscent of childhood.
We also see it in his earlier works, such as in 'Incarnation', a striking oil on board from 2009, in which the female figure, in an elegant and weightless pose, is wearing a dress made of meat.
In 'Anatomy', the protagonist is a melancholic and beautiful blonde girl whose body is torn and whose dress is nothing but human anatomy.