The Godfather of Street Art – Ron English (Part 1)

The Godfather of Street Art – Ron English (Part 1)

Welcome to the twelfth episode of Smart Art Business, a podcast created to help artists thrive.

If you are reading this, you are most likely an artist that invests a lot of time, energy and resources into creating your artwork.  Over the coming months, we will be chatting with artists and industry professionals to bring you ideas and suggestions on how to refine your work, increase your sales, and broaden your audience.

In this episode, we chat with global art superstar, Ron English.

One of the most prolific and recognizable 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, udderly delicious cowgirls, and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.

Photograph courtesy of Ron English

In this episode we discuss:

  • Ron’s humble beginnings growing up in Illinois.
  • What opened more doors – an MFA or moving to New York City
  • How to really get noticed by a gallery or art dealer
  • Forging lasting relationships in the art world
  • Ron’s career highlights
  • The tipping point of his career

Here is a list of resources mentioned in this episode:

Ron English Website

Ron English Instagram

The Rabbbits Band

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