Juxtapoz // Friday, December 19, 2008
Before Banksy, before Shepherd Fairey, there was Ron English, the catalytic figure in the advancement of street art away from traditional eighties wild-style lettering and into clever statement and masterful trompe l’oeil based art. For years, English has been hijacking public space worldwide for the sake of art, so we’re happy to announce his next gallery show, Mythographic Vicissitudes, coming to the lower level of FIFTY24SF Gallery from January 8 - 29, 2009. For Mythographic Vicissitudes, English has 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. You know, typical English shaking thing sup just a little bit. Learn more on Ron English’s Mythographic Vicissitudes right this way…
Juxtapoz // Friday, December 05, 2008
“Known for illustrating a world that exists somewhere between biting satire and homage, Ron English has pursued a frontier best described in his own words as Popaganda,’” writes our NYC-based buddy Dasco. “I recently had a chance to chat him up. Ron kindly answered my first few questions about progress and his personal history. However, upon asking advice for young artists, the conversation quickly took a different turn, and he began telling me about ‘clowns puking up psychedelic puppies.’” Oh Ron. See for yourself...
Juxtapoz // Monday, November 10, 2008
In case you haven't been by The Shooting Gallery to check out Ron English’s new oil on canvas paintings, we highly recommend doing so. Through The Secret History of Kiss, English has once again astounded with his Kiss-centric fine art masterpieces. The artist re-interprets the classic, infusing new energy into work that has stood the test of time. Reinventing well-known masterpieces with Kiss faces forces the viewer to consider politics, society, and media, using pop imagery as a metaphor to unearth deeper issues. The Secret History of Kiss will remain on display through December 6th, 2008. See more at shootinggallerysf.com
Juxtapoz // Saturday, October 25, 2008
You may have noticed a rainbow Photoshop combination of the original Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obmma mural outside of The Shooting Gallery this past September, though it was short-lived no thanks to the urban campers of the Tenderloin. Ron English seemed to be letting us know that he’s getting hot for his solo show November 1st at The Shooting Gallery, The Secret History of Kiss. The brilliant Popagandist, Ron English, has once again astounded with his Kiss-centric fine art masterpieces. “Ron not only reinterprets the original, he breathes new life and a new vitality into the work that holds it's own against the tide of postmodern critique.” His now famous style of reinventing classical masterpieces with Kiss faces awakens attitudes about politics, society, and media. Ron English seems to have a gift in many genres of his art that use pop imagery as a metaphor to unearth deep societal and political issues. The opening reception for The Secret History of Kiss is set for Saturday November 1st, from 7-11pm at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. This solo exhibit will be showing through December 6th 2008 and is open to the public. More on Ron English at popaganda.com
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 28, 2008
On the final day of the Democratic National Convention, we have Ron English (creator of the now iconic Abraham Obama poster image) here to share his thoughts with us on imeem on politics and his involvement with The Manifest Hope Gallery in Denver. Housed within the Andenken Gallery (2990 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205) and an additional adjacent warehouse, The Manifest Hope Gallery will only remain open through 5pm today, Thursday, August 28, 2008. Be there.
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 22, 2008
Looks like Ron English stopped by and got up some of his now iconographic Abraham Obama wheatpastes outside of San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery August 18 - 19, 2008. Keep it up, Mister Popaganda.
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 14, 2008
Man, even MSNBC is talking about Ron English’s Abraham Obama. Check out the comments. Pretty amusing stuff.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 10, 2008
Okay, we know you’ve probably already seen this epic billboard done by the legendary “popaganda” artist Ron English, but it has a whole new meaning in light of yesterday’s Los Angeles Times article discussing McCain’s obvious avoidance of the topic of Viagra. As we’re sure you know, Viagra has been a controversial medication since its inception because many health insurance companies will cover the cost of Viagra for men, but not the cost of birth control for women. You may not know, however, that McCain voted twice (in 2003 and 2005) against measures that would have required insurance companies to cover birth control for women. Earlier this week McCain obviously struggled with this heated topic, stating that he did not recall those votes, and later said "It's something that I had not thought much about." That’s just lovely. We always respect a politician and potential American President that doesn’t really think about the country’s important health care concerns. The long and the err… short of it, is that once again, Ron English drew some much-needed political attention a whopping two months before with this hilarious LA billboard. Keep playing with that crystal ball, Mr English.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Last Wednesday, July 2nd, our buddies at JetSet Graffiti filmed (above) the colorful display of Ron English’s Abraham Obama image at Boston’s Gallery XIV, which raised some questions about street versus fine art amongst the artsy crowd in Beantown. Later that evening, exactly 232 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, JetSet went back behind the camera to film as the ghost of Abe Lincoln asserted his presidential vote by wheatpasting English’s Abraham Obama posters all over the city. “The next morning the ‘crisis’ started as Gallery XIV began fielding tons of phone calls from concerned citizens, business owners, and even the Mayor’s office,” writes JetSet. If you can’t get enough of Ron English’s Abraham Obama poster, you’re in luck because JetSet just made prints available right here. Cop yours and assert a lil’ independence today.
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 07, 2008
Check out this footage from Banksy’s Santa’s Ghetto Exhibition in Bethlehem. Ron English, SWOON, and JetSet Graffiti donated artwork to Santa’s Ghetto and traveled there to paint on the Apartheid Wall and work in solidarity with the elusive British artist Banksy. The effort was made to raise awareness of the horrible reality that faces the Palestinian and Israeli people on a daily basis. Using art as a catalyst for change, these brave artists ventured into a live war-zone to create their unique and distinctive form of street art and make a statement to the world about the horrors of oppression and marginalization of minorities in modern society. The exhibition raised 1 million dollars for the children of Palestine. For more information or to make a donation to the Santa’s Ghetto project, visit www.santasghetto.com