I watched a documentary on the contemporary pop artist Ron English recently. He is probably most famous for defacing public billboards in America. He covers legitimate advertisements on prominent billboard with his own version of pop culture.
I recently mentioned that graffiti artists should go out and buy canvases like the rest of us, but this guy should be allowed to deface any billboard he chooses! It’s probably a contradiction to support an artist that covers advertising billboards with his own “POPaganda” and not artists that paint buildings and trains, but Ron English is trying to make people think.
He pokes fun at the Bush government, McDonalds, Religion, cigarette companies, and popular culture.
See more of his billboards here.
“The modern day Robin Hood of Madison Avenue, Ron paints, perverts, infiltrates, reinvents and satirizes modern culture on canvas, in songs, and directly on hundreds of pirated billboards.”
He also paints more traditional paintings that look at popular culture and painters of the past. The Homer Simpson painting like Jackson Pollock is interesting.
I like artists that help us to see the system for what it is.