It’s been a while since Ron English was last in London hasn’t it? He’s back at the Lazarides Gallery on Rathbone Place with a new exhibition titled, ready for it, “Skin Deep: Post-Instinctual Afterthoughts On Psychological Portraiture”
Often using his children as models, English chronicles the soul’s sojourn through Pop dioramas of fear and appetite, aspiration and rage. While paying homage to the great art before him, English maintains his very personal point of view, transforming the public to intimate and the universal to specific.
Using a mixture of imagery, medium and process referenced from great masters such as Warhol, Pollack and Picasso, combined with irreverent cherry-picking of populist totems from fast food to cartoons, English creates complex running narratives of his many alter-egos butting headfirst into the Grand Illusion, where unstated cultural norms are exposed and analyzed”