The Art of Whipped Cream.

Selected character studies, oil on board, dimesions variable. All images courtesy the artist and Paul Kassman Gallery. (Click for full size!)

In a performance at the Metropolitan Opera and a parallel gallery exhibit, artist Mark Ryden imbibes his sugary design aesthetic through costume and fashion prints. In his latest venture, the Portland-based artist creates classic, painterly pastel works with a childlike fantasy.

The art show, The Art of Whipped Cream, opening in May at Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC, features the final realizations of each costume from the opera, Whipped Cream, a graceful choreographed feat by Alexei Ratmanksy. His illustrations encompass the bedtime dreams of prima ballerinas, pink, and lots of candy and pastries. Ryden’s merry band of misfits includes a smiling half-dragon, half-muppet creature, and tiny humans masquerading as multilayered cakes. The two-dimensional drawings at Paul Kasmin are rendered in oil on board and graphite on paper.


Mark Ryden’s solo art exhibit, The Art of Whipped Cream, shows  at Paul Kassman, May 20–July 21, 2017. Find more information about the show, here.  Purchase tickets for the ballet, Whipped Cream, taking place at the Metropolitan Opera House, here.

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  1. rq says

    The drawings are absolutely lovely! So delicate, light and airy, just like a good pastry! The ballet looks like a whole lot of fun, too -- classic, yet unseriously taking itself seriously.
    I felt a bit misled by the title of the post, though -- I was expecting actual sculptural art made of whipped cream. :D

  2. says

    You’ll have to blame the artist for the title! :D I’m pretty sure if I went looking, I could find whipped cream sculptures though.

  3. rq says

    haha I’m a bit scared to google that.
    Also forgot to mention I love the vintage feel of the paintings.

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