|Ron English:Abstract Expressionism book cover, 2007, Ron English|
Ron English is most well known for his street art that is most commonly a satire of popular brand’s imagery and advertising methods. His most popular mash up of art includes high culture images infused with low culture images or ideas. These are two things one usually doesn’t see together, especially in advertising. English also was one of the first people to transform street art from wild style lettering into clever and meaningful statements. Enlgish has been hijacking spaces all over the world, public and private, since the early 90’s. In July of 2007 a book English had written about his own art was released entitled, "Son Of Pop: Ron English Paints his Progeny".
Speaking about his art and inspiration for what he does, the tone through out the book is somber for the most part, but very obvious what he is the most passionate about. The commercialism and greed that America has now built it’s framing on is one thing that disgusts him most. English uses words such as “filthy” (p.14) and “greedy” (p.17) while describing what being an American now means to him.
His main muse oddly enough , are his children. Using them in most of his works as the faces, he makes them the targets of the commercialism we face today. On page six he states how
People sometimes comment on the fact that I don’t carry pictures of my kids in my wallet. I don’t have to. Everywhere I go, there they are. On gallery walls in London or Japan, on billboards, in Spain or New York, on movie screens in Indiana, Ohio or wherever I happen to be traveling. Since birth, they have been the subject of my art, be it paintings, billboards or whatever form my art takes at any given moment. Today it is this book.
|Mickey , Ron English, 2011, Oil on Canvas|