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KRK Ryden

Born in 1953 in Washington, one of the many schools Keyth (KRK) attended was the San Francisco Academy of Art. In 1977, he decided to focus on commercial art relating to the music industry and after returning to California he started a small studio on the beach city of Encinitas.

One of the local bands that KRK produced art for was 'Manifest Destiny'. The debut album of this political hard-core band was done at this studio. The band hung at the studio and became friends with the artist and the lead singer, Daryl Hall, referred to Keyth as KRK in a sort of ribbing way, and the name adhered. This name started to show up on work dating around 1982.

KRK Ryden's art is a record of mongrel pop culture. His aesthetic is informed by comic books, punk rock, and cartoons, while his world view is strictly DEVO. KRK's work embraces everyday absurdity and a cartoony view of reality. His paintings are colourful and visually appealing reflections on discarded icons, and his graphics are well-realized snapshots of cartoon life. For over thirty years KRK has been creating illustrations and paintings for underground bands, publishers, and institutions.

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