Mark Ryden's art treads the fine line between cryptic and cute. Since the 1990s, his version of "Pop Surrealism" has built a strong following. His painting blends a juxtaposition of childhood innocence and the dark recesses of the unconscious. As such, the work is immediately moving and strangely engrossing.
Ryden's major exhibitions are focus of a new book, Mark Ryden, Pinxit. Think of it as a survey of work painted by Ryden and the ultimate catch up for those who have yet to fall under his spell. For those that already have, Taschen's latest release is a must have for 2012.
Don't be afraid of the $1000 price tag.