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 // 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...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Two of the biggest names in the art game today, Alex Pardee and Ron English, will take over San Francisco's FIFTY24SF Gallery tomorrow, January 8th, 2009. Alex Pardee's Letters From Digested Children and Ron English's Mythographic Vicissitudes are seperate solo shows which both open tomorrow from 7-9pm, featuring the highly aniticipated new work of these two seminal figures. Letters From Digested Children will be will be on display in the upper level of the Gallery, while Mythographic Vicissitudes occupy the lower level. Both shows will remain on display from January 8 - 29, 2009. Get more info on Alex's show here and further info on Ron's showing here, and if you have yet to check out the studio visit preview we did with Alex, make sure to hit that up now. What else can we say? We're more than hyped on this showing, and you should be too- so come out to Fillmore street tomorrow, have a beer, check out some dope artwork, and kick off your Thursday night the right way.
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.