Art – Vanitas Portraiture

Allegory of the Four Elements, 2006

When you are an ugly little girl, beauty becomes an ethereal dream. Something totally outside of yourself, a feeling which you seek at every turn. A castle in the air is safe harbour for a foolish few, but still, the dreams never leave. Mark Ryden makes art for ugly little girls. The esoteric fingers of his work are twisted into the transient beauty of a myriad of sweet young things, and yet innocence remains.


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