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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Chelsea Gallery Tour Part I 

THANK YOU all for my get well wishes! I'm anxious to de-throne the bronchitis and get back to my art-full life, so lets get started!

We took a group of our seniors on a Chelsea gallery tour as we do every year. However this trip was an exceptional one for me, some of my favorite artists were on exhibit and some new ones (at least for me) that I am so excited to introduce you all to in the next few posts.

One of my all-time favorite painters for the last five years, Mark Ryden is currently having an exhibit in the Paul Kasmin, Chelsea NY gallery, entitled The Gay 90's: Olde Tyme Art Show.

The gallery is on 293 Tenth Avenue and the show is on exhibit from April 29 to June 5, 2010.

The central theme of The Gay 90s: Old Tyme Art Show references the idealism of the 1890s while addressing the role of kitsch and nostalgia in our current culture.

Josephine, 2010, graphite on paper with watercolor washes

This will be Ryden's first significant solo show in New York since 2003, as well as his first with the gallery. In his hauntingly beautiful and masterfully executed oil paintings, Ryden creates his own contemporary mythologies whose archetypes include fairy tale creatures, historical figures, and pop cultural icons. Seamlessly juxtaposing macabre motifs like meat grinders and disembodied presidents with eye-pleasing ingénues and seductive landscapes, the artist produces a vision of society in which menace and comfort are inseparably interwoven. These labor-intensive canvasses deftly rework centuries of art history, combining the grandeur of Spanish and Italian religious painting with the decorative richness of Old Master compositions and the lush textures of French Neo-Classicism.

-Paul Kasmin Gallery

The Grinder (#95) study/drawing, 2010The Grinder (#95), 2010 "Virgin and Child" (#93), 2010 oil on canvas drawing study for the Incarnation (#100), 2009 Incarnation (#100), 2009 Incarnation (#100), 2009

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Reader Comments (5)

oh my god, i LOVE his paintings so much! I'm gonna google him! thanks Marisol and I hope you're feeling much much better today! xoxo

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalmezan

DUDE. His work is SICKKKKKKK!!!!! I mean that in the BEST way possible! I'm in love with it!! Wow. So jealous you got to see it in person! I'm definitely going to look him up! Hello, new favorite artist!! xo

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan v

loved his work.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

I'm not a jealous person, but this got me a little jealous I must say, although of course I am so happy you got to see it. Thanks for sharing, I am so absolutely and utterly in love with his work! Hopefully I'll see one of his shows too some day, for now, I am happy I have an art book of his:D

Glad to hear you are feeling better!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Eyed Night Owl

Oh Ryden's work is stunning. I'd like to see the gay 90's exhibit in person.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai

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