Marion Peck & Mark Ryden
A Valentine’s Day Signing Party!
Signing their recently published “Animal Love Summer” & “Snow Yak”
Monday, February 14th, 5-7 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Soap Plant / Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027
La Luz de Jesus presents a special double-header Valentine’s Day art-book event featuring Mark Ryden and Marion Peck signing their most recent monographs. Come early! Please note: in-store purchase ONLY will be eligible for signing so leave all your other Ryden and Peck goodies at home – there will be plenty of stuff available at La Luz de Jesus / Soap Plant / Wacko for your signing desires!
Mark Ryden’s “Snow Yak”
Traverse Mark Ryden’s vast wintry landscapes into the frigid domain of the majestic Snow Yak. Images from Ryden’s acclaimed Japanese “Snow Yak” Show are reproduced in large 11″ x 14″ format, and include many detail images and drawings. In this set of work, Ryden paints with a pallet of subtle whites and greys to create mysterious scenes of soft snow, clouds, and fur. The inhabitants of this wintry world are bare angelic figures and their companion woolly snow yaks. The works were originally shown at the prestigious Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo in February 2009. This book features all of the works, as well as photographs of the work on display and of Ryden’s trip through Japan. Mark Ryden came to preeminence in the 1990s. With his masterful technique and disquieting content, he became a leader in the revitalization of painting, combining accessibility, craftsmanship and technique with socio-cultural relevance and emotional resonance. His work has been exhibited in museums and finer galleries worldwide. $28.00, Hardcover: 68 pages, published by Last Gasp; Bilingual edition, Language: English, ISBN-13: 978-0867197372, Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 14.8 x 0.6 inches.
Also available – “Snow Yak Postcard Microportfolio”
Marion Peck’s “Animal Love Summer”
Animal Love Summer is the first full monograph for painter Marion Peck. One of the leading ladies of pop surrealism, Peck populates her dreamlike paintings with strange, cute creatures. As her magical and bucolic landscapes unfold, an uneasy melancholy fills the air — the birds are chirping, but the sounds are not quite right. The viewer pauses and questions the reality Peck has created, as well as one’s own. Themes of hope, despair, mystery, nostalgia, love and death recur throughout Peck’s work alongside motifs of dreams, big-eyed animals, natural landscapes,doe-eyed children, royalty and peasantry. With references ranging from Pieter Bruegel to Holly Hobbie, Marion Peck mines the depths of art history, popular culture and the human experience for her meticulous scenes. While peasants dance in a painting of the same name, their son leers at a corralled ass while the evening’s dinner runs around with its head cut off. In her painting “F*ck You,” a nod to François Gérard’s 1804 “Portrait de Mme Tallien,” an elegant royal is anything but, as she tells us how she really feels. Peck looks beyond the subconscious, reminding us that the waking world is never quite as it seems. And with her dark sense of humor and irrepressible optimism, she assures us that while life can be ominous, tragic, even deceptive, it is also beautiful, magical and alive with hope. $29.95, Hardcover, 128 pages, published by Last Gasp, Language: English, ISBN-13:978-0867197419, Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches.