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Aurora

painting heroesClaire Hansen
Aurora by Mark Ryden 2015

Aurora by Mark Ryden 2015

My current obsession is the great masterpiece Aurora by the painter Mark Ryden.  Mark Ryden is one of the the GREAT painters of all time, his meticulous and painstaking patience layering glaze after glaze of oil paint results in this painting taking over a year to complete. 

Note the meticulously painted grains of sand - a miracle of patience and technique

Note the meticulously painted grains of sand - a miracle of patience and technique

Ryder’s mastery of technique, subject and composition reminds me that there are no short cuts to a masterpiece. It is always the result of time, intelligent efforts and patience. When I look at Aurora and truly start to comprehend how beautiful she is it is clear to me that every other work Ryden has painted led to this one and it was a pathway to perfection. 

For me Aurora is most obviously a Goddess painting, a representation of the feminine divine. She represents a type of perfection of being and is brought forth by a perfection of execution and technique and through the aesthetics of neo-classical idealism. She crosses dimensions, the imagery of the water suggesting light and dark, the conscious and unconscious put also the past and the future.  Aurora has a sublime serenity and sensitivity in her expression and to me feels not static, but gentle. Everything that surrounds her, in all its microscopic detail is an expression of the beauty of nature and being and invites us to slow to her vibration and to really experience that in truth, all is perfection. 

Aurora in her frame which has been designed and painted by Mark Ryden, hand carved in Indonesia by master artisans the painting size is 112 x 58 inches; 284.48 x 147.32 cm but reaches to 340cm in her frame.

Aurora in her frame which has been designed and painted by Mark Ryden, hand carved in Indonesia by master artisans the painting size is 112 x 58 inches; 284.48 x 147.32 cm but reaches to 340cm in her frame.

I have trawled the internet to discover who bought Aurora. She has been purchased by a private collector, unnamed, and the price is speculated to be approximately two million dollars.  The painting is priceless, making any selling price a bargain. I wish that the USA had the same level of commitment to public art galleries as in Europe, because I would far prefer this painting to live in a public gallery, fawned over by careful curators and visited daily by loving fans. Aurora should be available to the world, so that I can travel to visit her just like a person might choose to visit Paris

I suspect Aurora is the greatest painting of all time.