Artist / Street Art / Culture Jamming
New York, NY
Ron English is a contemporary pop artist who explores popular brand imagery and advertising. English can be considered the "celebrated prankster father of agit-pop", who wrangles carefully created corporate iconographies so that they are turned upside down, and are used against the very corporation they are meant to represent. One aspect of his work involves 'liberating' commercial billboards with his own messages. Frequent targets of his work include Joe Camel, McDonalds, and Mickey Mouse.
Ron English has also painted several album covers including The Dandy Warhols album cover "Welcome to the Monkey House". Some of his paintings are also used in Morgan Spurlock's documentary Super Size Me.
Other notable Ron English works include a popularly-distributed image entitled "Abraham Obama," in which Engish combined the features of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln during the 2008 Presidential Election. Another English project, Songs In English, is the world's first blog-as-you-go recording project. It is based on the lyrics of World Renowned Ron English and Brooklyn songwriter Jack Medicine. The project is being arranged and produced by the high energy rock stylings of Velvet Rut.
English is the subject of a Pedro Carvajal documentary entitled Popaganda named after one of his art books. He is also a subject of "The Art Army" action figures by Michael Leavitt.