Juxtapoz // Friday, April 17, 2009
Ron English is a living legend. From his eye catching pop-infused paintings to collaborative mural projects; illegal billboard stunts to the tour of his iconographic Abraham Obama image, Ron English has mastered the art of popaganda, and that’s just the way he likes it. Hear from this truly inspiring creator in our 20 Questions with Ron English.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 09, 2009
Prolific artist Ron English recently stopped for a quick chat the day before the opening of his London show at Elms Lester Painting Rooms (check out the sneak preview below). Provocative and insightful, his work scythes to the heart of the matter as sharply as his execution of the paintings. Enjoy this short flick by Art & Design Films and then learn more on Ron English at www.popaganda.com
Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 19, 2009
Art stars Ron English, Jason Maloney and Bigfoot beautifully bombed Jersey City this past week, representing the first stage in the Jersey City mural project. Even the mayor, Jerramiah Healy, came out for a photo op! Photographer Beau Roulette of Hurley was on hand to document the entire process. Be sure to be on the lookout for a full length video coming soon, but in the meantime peep some dope photos of the whole mural extravaganza here…
Juxtapoz // Friday, February 13, 2009
You know you’re big when CNN tracks you down to discuss your artwork, so head over to Ron English’s studio in Jersey City to hear him talk about his infamous Abraham Obama image in this video interview with CNN. Then make sure to join us this Sunday, February 15, 2009 at The Roxie Theatre in San Francisco at 12:30 for the debut of Abraham Obama, the film that takes viewers on a visual tour as Ron and a crew of artists and musicians travel across America, plastering the image wherever they find an open wall. More on Ron English at popaganda.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Watch out, Cupid. You've got competition as Ron English will make a rare appearance at Dr. Sketchy's this Valentine's Day at The Slipper Room in New York City. Dr. Sketchy's, our favorite life-drawing cabaret art school, will pay tribute to the legendary street artist Ron English by having burlesque queen Amber Ray pose as the subject of Ron's most famous paintings in a Popaganda-inspired set. In Dr. Sketchy's class experiences (and they truly are experiences!) artists draw glamorous, scantily constumed underground performers and compete in contests, win drinks, and prizes in sessions hosted by artist Molly Crabapple. Ron English will be in attendance signing books for this special session this weekend, so book your spot early, as it is sure to sell out. Further info at www.drsketchy.com
Juxtapoz // Monday, February 02, 2009
Cupid won’t be the only guy to watch out for on February 14th, as Ron English will make a rare appearance at Dr. Sketchy's at The Slipper Room in New York City on Valentine’s Day. Dr. Sketchy's, the life-drawing cabaret art school, will pay tribute to the legendary street artist Ron English as burlesque queen Amber Ray will pose as Ron's most famous paintings in a Popaganda-inspired set. If you’re not in the know, at a Dr. Sketchy's class, artists draw glamorous, scantily constumed underground performers, compete in contests, and win booze and prizes in sessions hosted by artist Molly Crabapple. It’s all really quite fun. Ron English will be in attendance signing books for this special session of Dr. Sketchy's next weekend, so book your spot early, as this session is sure to sell out! Info at www.drsketchy.com
Juxtapoz // Friday, January 23, 2009
Renowned artist Mark Ryden will sign copies of his newest release The Tree Show (2009), a hardcover collection of recent works at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles next Saturday, January 31st, 2009. Through paintings and sculpture inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's tales of transformation in Metamorphoses, Ryden explores the mythological and transformative properties of trees, offering familiar preoccupations in new settings. In addition, Silence (2008), a framed 24 x 18-inch limited-edition silkscreen (shown above, right) will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting MOCA. This print was commissioned by the MOCA Projects Council, a major support group comprised of women collectors and patrons of the arts. A good cause and gorgeous artwork? What more could you possibly need? It all goes down next Saturday from 3-5pm, so mark your calendars and get your own bit of magical Ryden creation. More at www.moca.org
Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2009
Ron English, the man behind the now iconic (although not quite as iconic as Shepard’s Obama Hope image) Abraham Obama image welcomed our new President to office in a unique (and eye-catching) manner: he and his crew of ad-busting minions took over a Clear Channel billboard in Los Angeles. So typical of Ron; always needing to be the biggest and best, huh? Well, we love it and suggest you sneak a glance if you’re in sunny SoCal, or peep his latest gallery work, which is now on display through January at FIFTY24SF Gallery. More on Ron English at www.popaganda.com
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 13, 2009
We just can’t get enough of good old Ron today. How could we? He’s friggin awesome. Luckily for us, Mister Ron English sat down for an interview with Walrus TV, where he talks about his strong views on censorship and commercialism and its relationship to public space. You can also hear from the man himself about getting sued, spending weekends in jail, his move from billboard to canvas, and how that has all shaped his incredible work. “I don’t mind going to jail for the weekend; I rather enjoy it,” English states in the interview. “It’s like a big bowl session and you start realizing that like, everybody in here is black and everybody is in here for selling fucking pot. You know, which shouldn’t even be a crime. I think it gives you another view of your society that a lot of people aren’t exposed to. They’re criminalizing a certain behavior just to keep down a certain class of people.” Preach on, brotha. Preach the fuck on.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Ron English's newest solo show, Mythographic Vicissitudes, opened last Thursday at FIFTY24SF Gallery, alongside Alex Pardee's Letters from Digested Children. As the catalytic figure in the advancement of street art, English has been hijacking public and private space the world over simply for the sake of art, so it comes at no surprise that his newest canvas work proves once once again that English is a master of "fine pop art." For Mythographic Vicissitudes, English created a series of paintings based on variations on modern mythologies. Applying a sense of reverence to his patented mash of religion, history and art, English gives equal weight to all mythologies, from Jesus to Bigfoot to Expressionism. The effect is stunning and we highly recommend taking a look at English's new collection now on view at FIFTY24SF through January 29, 2009. In the meantime, take a look at photos of a few of our favorite pieces from the show here...