Ron English

Born in 1959 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Ron English , born in Dallas, Texas in 1959 , lives and works in Los Angeles. One of the most prolific and recognisable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television.

English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie Supersize Me, and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America's 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election.

Other characters carousing through English's art, in paintings, billboards, and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, utterly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America's Premier Pop Iconoclast. Ron English paints, infiltrates, reinvents and satirizes modern culture and its mainstream visual iconography on canvas, in song, and directly onto hundreds of pirated billboards.

English exists spiritually somewhere between a cartoon by Abbie Hoffman and a grown-up, real-life Bart Simpson, delivering a steady stream of customized imagery laden with strong sociopolitical undertones, adolescent boy humor, subversive media savvy, and Dali-meets-Disney technique.

Dedicated to finding the sublime in the everyday and breaking the momentum of the didactic approach to art and life, English offers up an alternative universe where nothing is sacred, everything is subverted, and there is always room for a little good-natured fun.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013
“Popagandastan”, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA (USA)

2012
Galerie Ariel Sibony, Paris (France)

2008
“The Secret History of Kiss”, The Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA (USA)

2006
“Ron English, New Works”, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)

2005
Ron English, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (USA)

GROUP SHOWS

2014
“Pop-Eyeconic Group Show”, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA (USA)

2013
“Art Collector Starter Kit”, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA (USA)
“Flying West For The Winter”, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA (USA)

2012
NuArt Festival 2012, NuArt Festival, Stavanger (Norway)
“Klimt Illustrated”, Lazarides Gallery, London (England)
“Détournement: Signs of the Times”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
“Stay Foolish!”, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome (Italy)
“Letters From America”, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA (USA)
“Colin Christian & Ron English”, Opera Gallery, Paris (France)
“Conjoined 2 in 3D; The Sequel”, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)

2011
“The Varnish Vault”, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (USA)
“The Emergence of the Pop Imagist”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
“Private Collection Carnival”, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome (Italy)
“Suggestivism”, Grand Central Art Center, California State University Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA (USA)

2010
“Epic- Part One The Original Art Of Dogtown & Wes Humpston”, Ghettogloss, Silverlake, CA (USA)
“Pop Surrealism, What A Wonderfool World” At Museo Carandente, Spoleto, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome (Italy)
“Draw: Mexico City”, Abarrotera Mexicana, Guadalajara (Mexico)
“Draw, Muestra de dibujo contemporáneo”, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City (Mexico)
“Album”, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)
“Metamorphosis”, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
“Street Smarts”, Affirmation Arts, New York City, NY (USA)
“Another Nude Show”, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
“Five Year Anniversary”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)

2009
“True Self”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
“Green Day Presents: The Art of Rock Curated By Logan Hicks”, Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)
“Beach Blanket Bingo, A Summer Mixer”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
“Yes We Can”, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome (Italy)
“Eminent Domain Awareness”, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (USA)
“Rock, Paper, Scissor”, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)

2008
“Don't Wake Daddy III”, Galerie Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg (Germany)
“Change America”, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
“Blabshow! 2008”, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
“Next Gen, Art for the New Aeon”, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
“In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor”, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (USA)
“Made in NY”, Opera Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
5 Year Anniversary Show, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (USA)
“Locked & Loaded”, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
“Brad Benedict's Sideshow, Moods for Moderns”, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
“Furore”, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome (Italy)

2007
“Don't Wake Daddy II”, Galerie Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg (Germany)
“Revelation”, Fuse Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)

2006
"Draw" Tour, Fuse Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
“Next Gen, Art for the New Aeon”, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
“Power Pathos”, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX (USA)
“Nostradamus, Three waves to the Apocalypse”, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)

2005
“Ron English, Mark Mothersbaugh & Daniel Johnston”, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
“Pop Pluralism”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)

2004
“Misfit Toys”, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (USA)

2003
“Krampus & Christmas”, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)

2002
“Player Haters”, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, LA, Los Angeles, CA (USA)

2001
“Shepard Fairey & Ron English”, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, LA, Los Angeles, CA (USA)

2000
“Ron English & Shepard Fairey, Obey Propaganda”, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, LA, Los Angeles, CA (USA)

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