WHO IS RON ENGLISH?
After obtaining his MFA at the University of Texas, the prolific contemporary American pop artist Ron English moved to New York City during the 1980s. During his time in New York City, Ron English began to work as an apprentice for several artists. There he slowly began to sell some of his own works. Ron English’s iconic artistic style is influenced by pop art and popular culture where his characters are depicted through his notorious use of photo-realism and vibrant color schemes. Aside from appropriating iconic figures of popular culture, Ron English also makes use of iconic works in the history of art such as Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, or Picasso’s Guernica, among others. Ron English POPaganda Ron English’s unforgettable characters and illustrations are found anywhere from street art to museums, movies, books, and televisions, spreading his colorful POPaganda throughout our contemporary culture. POPaganda is the term used by Ron English to describe his signature style and images which merge high and low cultural contexts such as superheroes, ancient mythology, totems, and iconic art historical works to produce the unique characters found in his illustrations.
Some of Ron English’s characters include MC Supersized, an obese fast-food mascot featured in the movie “Supersize Me”, or Abraham Obama a character that mixes the 16th and 44th United States presidents, thoroughly featured in media press publications during 2008 presidential elections. Three-eyed rabbits, cowgirls, grinning skulls and many more Ron English stunning characters are found in paintings, billboards, and sculptures, which blend to notorious imagery of America’s top Pop Iconoclast with humorous undertones.