Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Your Little Golden Books Never Looked Like This
This painting is by Mark Ryden and is a fairly typical example of his art. I love the way he takes traditional images of innocence from a bygone era - such as sweet little girls in their old-fashioned party dresses, with cute, cuddly toy companions - and turns them into something disturbingly lascivious and kind of nightmarish - sexualising them, albeit in a ridiculous way.
I remember having toys like this. Little fluffy things with rubber faces and big blue eyes. Check out the little elephant.