Purchase Artist Ron English's Street Art Graffiti Modern Art, Prints, Originals, Sculpture, and Paintings.
Few artists have worked with such a wide range of media and means as Ron English, from printmaking to murals, and from vinyl sculpture to billboards. Naturally, his art has been exhibited in equally various ways and can be found on the street, in museums, in movies, books, television and even music. Such a vast variety of materials and visual elements lurks the risk of surrendering one’s art to heterogeneity, losing its interrelatedness and its connection to the artist and his motives. So, what is it that makes the art of Ron English cohesive and identifiable? Is his work interconnected due to the imagery he utilizes or is it the theoretical background that defines his art? Perhaps the first thing viewers notice when looking at his work is the incorporation of a series of some very familiar images. The conceptual basis of his work is closely related to memory, the kind of memory that exists and is being sculpted at this moment. A typical and, apparently, favorite theme, which English revisits, again and again, is McDonald’s, the biggest fast-food chain in the world. The company was founded in 1940 and is still one of the most easily recognizable brands ever. Thus, the artist is utilizing this emblematic brand and all the series of connotations that it carries (capitalism, fast-food etc.), in order to make socio-political observations that are relevant at this moment. In any case, memory is the starting point of the creative process of the artist, who is nostalgically calling our attention to visuals and themes that are familiar and instantly recognizable by us.