Some of you may already know this, but if you don't then let me take a moment to confess: I am a rabid Mark Ryden fan. Rabid. I adore his work and find him to be a fascinating figure in contemporary art. That being said, I have been very impatiently awaiting preview images of his upcoming new show set to run at the prestigious Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo in February.
I'm especially excited to see the new work because I can't help but find these teaser images very reminiscent of my absolute all-time favorite Ryden piece, "Yoshi", from The Tree Show.
When I first saw 'Yoshi', it absolutely stood out to me. It didn't quite fit with the other works from that show, and something about it simply seemed to be alive, more so than in any of his other paintings. It was quiet, and arresting, and simultaneously exuded a heart wrenching beauty and mystery. Now, it seems to seamlessly and effortlessly usher in the new palette and imagery Ryden is working with.