Ron English

Ron English on POP Fine Art

Ron English is an American contemporary artist who explores brand imagery and advertising. Born in Dallas, Texas, he is known for the use of color and comic book collage. He is one of today's most prolific and recognizable artists alive. Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television.  English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election.  Other characters carousing through English’s art in paintings, billboards, and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, udderly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.  English is a fine art painter specializing in oils. English received his bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. After receiving his MFA from The University of Texas he relocated to New York City and apprenticed with several artists, gradually beginning to sell his own work. His dominant style is characterized by extreme photo realism, striking use of secondary color and appropriation of pop imagery. He is considered by many to be one of the more skilled renderers of his generation. Frequent themes are revisiting and reworking childhood from the vantage point of adult skill as well as examining the darker meanings behind garish pop surface imagery. English also tends to use historical imagery as a template to explore universal issues. Frequently he reworks such images as The Last Supper, Starry Night, and Picasso's Guernica.  English has appropriated many well known images and characters from pop culture, reworking them into his own signature images. Some of these include a reworking of Charlie Brown into his "Grin" character and one of his famous "MC Supersized" based on the idea that Ronald McDonald ate his own product. Another signature image of the idealized American female is his image of Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Mouse breasts.

"Lazarus Rising" was English's first exhibit in the UK, at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London. The show featured a comic book collage and oil on canvas pieces, where if you looked carefully, you would trace the genesis of the characters and follow the arc of their inner life.

His exhibition "Season In Supurbia" took place in 2009 at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City.

"POPagandastan" was exhibited in 2013, also at the Corey Helford Gallery.