Ron English, Lazarus Rising Exhibition
8 May - 6 June 2009Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6pm, Thursdays 'til 8pm
Private view: Thurday 7th May 6 - 9pm
Book Signing Event: Saturday 9th May 12 - 2pm
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
1-3-5 Flitcroft StLondonWC2H 8DH
The first ever UK solo show of American, billboard hi-jacking, political activist, pop surrealist RON ENGLISH.
What makes a Ron English piece of art instantly recognisable beyond its signature photorealist technique and brazen colour scheme is the utterly unique way in which the artwork presents a new idea embedded in the familiar, creating progressive mutations whilst referring to historical events. When English was an art student he started to hijack billboards as a way of displaying his art to as many people as possible – it was later that he realised he could make political statements by the same means. He replaced existing advertisements with his own hand-painted "subvertisements" spreading his own socio-political message. The new exhibition, with its deliberately provocative theme of resurrection, reflects the contemporary socio-political situation, presenting uncomfortable and dark insights beneath the slick, plastic face of our society.
Included in this exhibition, are some of Ron English's latest canvases from a series of paintings based on the 1937 Picasso masterpiece 'GUERNICA' Whilst the original depicted the tragedy of the Spanish Civil war, English has transcribed the composition to reflect our troubled times.
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