Mark Ryden: The Album Covers

I’ve already pointed out that Mark Ryden was one of my favorite contemporary artists, and I’m not alone. I have seen his work everywhere, including on many album covers. One of Ryden’s favorite subjects is the young girl, which he often paints or illustrates in the so-called baby doll style. In the introduction to this site I mentioned how a lot of artists—particularly those in the lowbrow movement—place nude and/or erotic children (girls especially) in a surreal, comedic or horrific context, or sometimes all three together, and Ryden is no exception. Dariusz SkitekAndrew PolushkinTrevor BrownDino VallsCaitlin KarolczakYummyKitty and Beth Moore-Love are all artists I’ve posted here who have followed this trend, but Ryden is, hands down, the king of it. Hell, he’s practically an artistic movement unto himself.

So, without further adieu . . .

I bet a lot of you didn’t know that Ryden did this memorable cover for Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album, huh?

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Mark Ryden – Michael Jackson – Dangerous (cover)

Mark Ryden - Michael Jackson - Dangerous (cover) (detail)

Mark Ryden – Michael Jackson – Dangerous (cover) (detail)

Michael Jackson – The King of Pop (Official Site)

Wikipedia: Michael Jackson

Mark Ryden - Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute (cover)

Mark Ryden – Red Hot Chili Peppers – One Hot Minute (cover)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Wikipedia: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Mark Ryden - Jack Off Jill - Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers (cover)

Mark Ryden – Jack Off Jill – Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers (cover)

Jack Off Jill (Official Site)

Wikipedia: Jack Off Jill

Several of Ryden’s works show up on Scarling albums and posters:

Scarling - Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole [cover]

Mark Ryden – Scarling – Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole (cover)

Scarling - So Long, Scarecrow [cover]

Mark Ryden – Scarling – So Long, Scarecrow (cover)

Scarling - Sweet Heart Dealer [cover]

Mark Ryden – Scarling – Sweet Heart Dealer (cover)

Mark Ryden - Scarling - Curiosa Festival postcard

Mark Ryden – Scarling – Curiosa Festival postcard

Scarling

Wikipedia: Scarling

Mark Ryden - Various Artists - Alright, This Time Just the Girls Vol. 1 (cover)

Mark Ryden – Various Artists – Alright, This Time Just the Girls Vol. 1 (cover)

Mark Ryden - Various Artists - Their Sympathetic Majesties Request (cover)

Mark Ryden – Various Artists – Their Sympathetic Majesties Request (cover)

Mark Ryden (Official Site)

Wikipedia: Mark Ryden

Comments:

From xavier raby on May 30, 2012
I am a big fan of Mark Ryden
My favorite is “goodbye bear”, so sad but so emotional
Currently I create a painting inspired by one of his paintings
it is not yet online
you can see my works here: http://xavierraby.com
facebook page link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/xavier-raby/188993831167757

From pipstarr72 on May 30, 2012
Nice work! Quite pleasantly creepy. The tree creatures sort of remind me of Nirvana’s Incesticide album cover, but I think my favorite is the Phacochoerus Zebra. Thanks for sharing!

Kathie Olivas, Pt. 2

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Kathie Olivas – Resuscitate

Kathie Olivas - Reunion

Kathie Olivas – Reunion

Kathie Olivas - Temptation

Kathie Olivas – Temptation

Kathie Olivas - The Courtship

Kathie Olivas – The Courtship

Kathie Olivas - The Desecrationists

Kathie Olivas – The Desecrationists

Kathie Olivas - The Guardian

Kathie Olivas – The Guardian

Kathie Olivas - The Inheritance

Kathie Olivas – The Inheritance

Kathie Olivas - The Last Seduction

Kathie Olivas – The Last Seduction

Kathie Olivas - The Last Temptation for His Beloved

Kathie Olivas – The Last Temptation for His Beloved

Kathie Olivas - The Quiet Ones

Kathie Olivas – The Quiet Ones

Kathie Olivas - The Sideshow

Kathie Olivas – The Sideshow

Kathie Olivas - The Unsettling Premonition of All That Was Uncertain

Kathie Olivas – The Unsettling Premonition of All That Was Uncertain

Kathie Olivas - Twins

Kathie Olivas – Twins

Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters - The Proposition

Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters – The Proposition

Kathie Olivas, Pt. 1

Misery Children: The Art of Kathie Olivas (Official Site)

Trevor Brown’s Schooldaze

Trevor Brown.  What can I say about him?  Well, I’ll start with: he is pretty much the epitome of the nude/erotic child meets darkness/corruption trend in underground art.  He also (I believe) coined the phrase ‘baby art’ or ‘baby doll art’, the modern day equivalent of the big-eyed waif trend of the 70s.  In fact, his website is named after it.  Brown’s stuff is by turns disturbing, amusing, erotic and colorful, but love it or hate it, it is always interesting.  And, I must say, it is largely because of Brown that I began to get really interested in the contemporary love/hate relationship with the erotic child in art, because I think it underscores something incredibly important about the society and culture we live in and where it’s heading.  But that’s a topic for another day.

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Trevor Brown – Black Angel

Trevor Brown - Bloodsucker - Forbidden Fruit (1996)

Trevor Brown – Bloodsucker – Forbidden Fruit (1996)

Trevor Brown - Bondage Bear - Rubber Doll (2005)

Trevor Brown – Bondage Bear – Rubber Doll (2005)

Trevor Brown - Chicken Pox

Trevor Brown – Chicken Pox

Trevor Brown - Height Adjustable Collar

Trevor Brown – Height Adjustable Collar

Trevor Brown - Infinity - Li'l Miss Sticky Kiss (2002)

Trevor Brown – Infinity – Li’l Miss Sticky Kiss (2002)

Trevor Brown - Nazis Are Sexy - Li'l Miss Sticky Kiss (2002)

Trevor Brown – Nazis Are Sexy – Li’l Miss Sticky Kiss (2002)

Trevor Brown - Nursie

Trevor Brown – Nursie

Trevor Brown - Penis Pixie

Trevor Brown – Penis Pixie

Trevor Brown - Pink Transfusion

Trevor Brown – Pink Transfusion

Trevor Brown - Piss Fairy

Trevor Brown – Piss Fairy

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Trevor Brown – Playground Sex

Trevor Brown - Toys

Trevor Brown – Toys

Trevor Brown - Xmas - My Alphabet (1998)

Trevor Brown – Xmas – My Alphabet (1998)

Trevor Brown – (Title Unknown) (1)

Trevor Brown - (Title Unknown) (2)

Trevor Brown – (Title Unknown) (2)

Trevor Brown – Baby Art (Official Site)

Comments:

From Rev. Benjamin M. Root IV on October 29, 2011
YUP!
I own a pink terrycloth cover version of Little Miss Sticky Kiss, and a signed, black rubber cover version of Rubber Doll.

Though, really, it’s not my favorite little girl art. For me…bouguereau.

From pipstarr72 on October 29, 2011
Speaking of Bouguereau, I have some interesting Bouguereau-related stuff coming up next month.
And no, it’s not anything by Bouguereau . . . exactly. Ha ha, now I’ll get you to guessing . . .

From Ron on May 19, 2012
Brown also composed some Alice-based images. One I find compelling is Alice lifting a sweating Humpty-Dumpty off the ground.

From pipstarr72 on May 19, 2012
Yes, I know. I have what began as a monthly feature called Eye on Alice, where I feature Alice images by theme. In the future I will make some posts on the darker side of Alice, for which I’ve been saving the Trevor Brown Alice material.

Kathie Olivas, Pt. 1

If evil bunnies, zipper mouths and girls with tentacles are your thing then Kathie Olivas’s work is tailor-made for you.

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Kathie Olivas – Baptism

Kathie Olivas - Creep

Kathie Olivas – Creep

Kathie Olivas - Excommunicate

Kathie Olivas – Excommunicate

Kathie Olivas - Fallen - Nocturne

Kathie Olivas – Fallen – Nocturne

Kathie Olivas - Fruition

Kathie Olivas – Fruition

Kathie Olivas - Girl with Cat

Kathie Olivas – Girl with Cat

Kathie Olivas - Girl with Cheshire Cat

Kathie Olivas – Girl with Cheshire Cat

Kathie Olivas - Glory

Kathie Olivas – Glory

Kathie Olivas - Indoctrination

Kathie Olivas – Indoctrination

Kathie Olivas - Lick

Kathie Olivas – Lick

Kathie Olivas - Midnight

Kathie Olivas – Midnight

Kathie Olivas - Mutated Incarceration - Will-Power

Kathie Olivas – Mutated Incarceration – Will-Power

Kathie Olivas - Olivia (White Bear)

Kathie Olivas – Olivia (White Bear)

Kathie Olivas - Regenerate

Kathie Olivas – Regenerate

Misery Children: The Art of Kathie Olivas

Oresama-Shiko

DeviantArt is a great source for images of little girls. Jamaican artist Oresama-Shiko focuses almost exclusively on erotic images of women, but I loved this simple portrait she did of a little girl. This portrait clearly fits the “baby doll” trend, basically the modern version of the “big-eyed waif” phenomenon, except usually done with a dark, ironic or surreal twist.  This one, however, was relatively straightforward.

Oresama-Shiko – Purity – Little Girl

DeviantArt: Oresama-Shiko

 

Sara LaPorte (YummyKitty)

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Sara Laporte (YummyKitty) – Christmas Ghosts

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Sara LaPorte (YummyKitty) – Leashes and Territories

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Sara LaPorte (YummyKitty) – My Baby Shot Me Down

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Sara LaPorte (YummyKitty) – The Paper Winter

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Sara LaPorte (YummyKitty) – Rabbit Child

DeviantArt: YummyKitty

Comments:

By toemailer on March 29, 2001
Wow, that sure is a different style, very interesting!