RON ENGLISH - LAZARUS RISING
8 May - 6 June 2009
Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6pm, Thursdays 'til 8pm
The first ever UK solo show of American, billboard hi-jacking, political activist, pop surrealist RON ENGLISH
Private View Thursday 7th May between 6 - 9pm
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.
1-3-5 Flitcroft St