Brand Royalty is world-renowned artist Ron English’s latest 20-piece body of work, examining the ever-evolving social semiotic flow in advertising, branding, inculcation, and the artistic process. The collection involves reappropriation of signature imagery from Picasso, Warhol and Basquiat in a symbiotic remix with English’s own iconic characters, reallocating intent and meaning to construct a new narrative of creation and conflict.
Paying homage with playful repurpose, English layers graffiti with the language of signs in old master oil technique, giving agency to his own characters and symbols to graft new language upon established iconography, forming call and response dialog with the radical masters of twentieth century pop to question the nature and direction of illusion/delusion.
English reimagines the chaotic composition of the famous Warhol-Basquiat collaboration to craft a narrative of rock star sexual excess and the whitewashing of a complicated human relationship with cartoon pop façade. Serving as centerpiece and central mythmaking generator, the oversize painting “Delusionville Paint Jam” pitches perfect anthropomorphic mayhem from a mind-bending magic mushroom thought cloud hovering above the three-eyed, hare-brained armchair philosopher and slothful soothsayer Potato Rabbbit, avatar and author of English’s latest grand delusion.