THE SNOW YAK SHOW BOOK
By Mark Ryden
Traverse Mark Ryden's vast wintry landscapes into the domain of the majestic Snow Yak. Images from Ryden's acclaimed Japanese Snow Yak Show are reproduced in large 11" x 14" format, along with drawings and details. Ryden has used a palette of subtle whites and greys to create mysterious scenes of soft snow, clouds, and fur. The inhabitants of this world are bare angelic figures and their companion woolly snow yaks. The works were originally shown at the 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 prominence in the 1990s. With his expert 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.
The high prince of Lowbrow — known for his incomparable skill, his often shocking price tags, and his capacity to sell out just about anything — is ready for some attention from the art world.
— LA Weekly