Mark Ryden Yakalina Secrets

New Shows from the Godfather of Pop Surrealism


The much-anticipated second installment in Mark Ryden’s incredible gallery of creatures

This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2024.

ISBN: 9781419771903 Category:

Mark Ryden


In his Pacific Northwest studio during the isolation of COVID-19, Mark Ryden began a new series of his iconic half-animal, half-plush creatures that further explored his reverence for these beings, who are guides through a landscape of the unknown. The figures in these paintings are neither human nor animal, they are spiritual entities that create a bridge between the human and animal worlds in which so much disharmony exists.
This book features all of the brand-new portraits of Ryden’s mysterious and mythical creatures. The resulting gallery of enchanted characters embodies the artist’s meticulously realized signature blend of archetype, kitsch, and narrative mysticism. Yakalina Secrets features works from the artist’s two most recent exhibitions, organized in collaboration with Emmanuel Perrotin and Kasmin Gallery: Animal Secrets in Paris and Yakalina 9 in Tokyo.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 30.5 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 August 2024
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Takashi Murakami
Dimensions 22.9 x 30.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Blending pop culture themes with techniques reminiscent of the old masters, Mark Ryden has created a singular style that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. His work first garnered attention in the 1990s when he ushered in a new genre of painting, “pop surrealism,” dragging a host of followers in his wake. Ryden has trumped the initial surrealist strategies by choosing topics loaded with cultural connotation.