Art inspired: Mark Ryden, Allegory of the Four Elements

Since I’ve had Peter Pan collars on the mind lately, Mark Ryden’s Allegory of the Four Elements was hard to resist for this week’s art inspired fashion post.

Mark Ryden is one of my favorite artists for a lot of reasons; I love the anthropomorphic vintage midcentury toys and religious and iconic pop culture images he paints using neoclassical techniques that give them a shimmering dreamlike quality. Increasingly recognized as one of the biggest names in contemporary art/pop surrealism, his old world painting techniques are influenced by artists like David, Ingres, Carpaccio, Balthus and Bouguereau and bring to life kitsch with a subtle dark side. His surreal and cryptic paintings can be simultaneously mysterious, cute and disturbing: beautiful girl/dolls wearing outfits made of raw meat, Abraham Lincoln’s floating head, stuffed animals walking through nature, mystical snow yaks and white haired child/goddesses–these are just a few of the subjects that he paints and leaves open to interpretation.

This time lapse video of Mark Ryden working on “Incarnation,” {the inspiration for my Magical Mined Halloween Pumpkin} floors me! Once it starts, I can’t stop watching.

Are you feeling my candy colored fashion craving? 

Have you added a little sweetness to your wardrobe this November?

DETAILS: Clockwise from top left: Caitlin Blouse £55; Maison Rabih Kayrouz dress $1265; Ted Baker yellow blouse £40; Sleeveless yellow dress $30; Studded blouse $14.99 Mossimo Women’s Jersey dress $9.98; Marc by Marc Jacobs silk blouse $304; Rochas dress $1,513

P.S. You might also enjoy A Potting Bench of One’s Own on our new decor blog MagicalMined

  1. I’m with you, I really love his work too. I think they’re just wonderful, like you could step inside of them. And I love fairy-tales and make-believe, so this fits perfectly with that!! The collars are a sweet touch to clothes, I admit that when I see something with the collar, I instantly want to buy it just for the collar, haha! Am so happy you will do a hear too, that is wonderful & will be appreciated, I just want everyone to do it, so her goal is surpassed :)) Hope you have a gorgeous day my dear!! xox

  2. The spirit of Mark Ryden’s work reminds me of Yoshitomo Nara whose art is also both simultaneously cute and disturbing. You should know that I was inspired to wear one of my Peter Pan collar sweaters after your post the other day . That petal pink dress is stunning! I guess we’ve both got sweet color on the brain today ;

  3. Thanks for the introduction to the artwork. I’ve always liked pretty Peter Pan collars and it’s surprising how they regularly feature in collections.

  4. Love all your pics today – yummy colours and sweetness and light. Reminds me of Zooey New Girl whom I absolutely adore – wish i could do bangs (we call it a fringe) like she does.

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