This collection of the visually astonishing and bitingly funny work of fine artist and street art legend Ron English explores his belief that all art is a futile attempt to cheat death, and death is the thing that gives all art meaning. Featuring more than 170 of Ron's paintings, sculpture, and vinyl figures, it teems with fantastically twisted creatures, from three-eyed rabbits and udderly delicious cowgirls to grinning skulls.
Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images: on the street, in museums, in movies, in books and on 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, his work is populated with a vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters.
English featured in the hit movies Super Size Me and Exit Through the Gift Shop, and hosted Britain's The Other America series on Sky TV; he has also made numerous television appearances worldwide. He is the subject of the award-winning 2006 documentary POPaganda: the Art and Crimes of Ron English and the 2009 documentary Abraham Obama. His work resides in the permanent collections of Rome's Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO), Paris's Museum of Modern Art, and others. He has produced several art books and continues to create art that propels unstated cultural norms just beyond the bounds of comfort into a disconcerting realm simultaneously hilarious and terrifying.
"…the brilliant guerilla artist notorious for replacing corporate billboards and advertisements with satirical and pointed attacks on consumer culture." – New York Magazine
"…a latter-day American hero, a Robin Hood who does not so much steal from the rich as steal the rich's thunder by making their products seem wicked or idiotic." – The Guardian
"…one of the art world's most effective and visually candid critics of this or any troubled time." – Juxtapoz
"Another quality production from Ron English. All the artworks stand out from the pages, and the crowd. Ron is an extremely talented artist working today. Great works!" – LDNGraffiti