|I'll bet this is a billboard image you won't soon forget , Ron English's Marlboro Boy.|
|Uncle Ron--Ron English|
|Red Marilyn, Ron English|
|Grade School Guernica, Ron English|
|Harmonic Scream, Ron English|
|Ron English's "subvertising"--creating friends and enemies at the same time.|
|Abraham Obama, 2008, Ron English|
Unlike so many artists today, Ron English has found his voice--a voice with a message. It's loud. It's liberal. It's sometimes ludicrous, but make no mistake, you will remember his message, whether you like it or not. From his silly little cartoonish trolls to his angry outrages aimed at corporate America, the comparisons to artists of the past such as Warhol, Gericault, Picasso, Lichtenstein, even Norman Rockwell, are all telling in describing perhaps the first really important artist of the 21st century. Yet, at the same time, such lavish comparisons are also limiting, an attempt to package Ron English and his art for human consumption. The problem is, with every food product he vilifies, every billboard he "liberates," every painting masterpiece he lampoons, the transparent packaging pops open as the artist, in effect, "supersizes" himself.