Tuesday, November 9, 2010

POPaganda: The Art and Subversion of Ron English

Ron English's billboards force the man on the street to look twice...or maybe three times.

Ron English is an American contemporary artist born in 1959 who explores popular brand imagery and advertising. His signature style employs a mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, including comic superhero mythology and totems of art history, to create a visual language of evolution. He is also widely considered a seminal figure in the advancement of street art away from traditional wild-style lettering and into clever statement and masterful trompe l’oeil based art. He has created illegal murals and billboards that blend stunning visuals with biting political, consumerist and surrealist statements, hijacking public space worldwide for the sake of art since the 1980s