Proud to be the “Canary in the Gold Mine,” world renowned artist Ron English enters the digital art space with an 11-piece Essential Collection, highlighting pivotal points in his long and illustrious career as America’s premier iconoclast. The collection drops on Nifty Gateway March 28.
The first NFT in this series references the most famous image in art, the Mona Lisa, paired with English’s signature image, the Grin, a twisted take on the ubiquitous Smiley Face, which reveals the soul when the smile stretches across bone. English created the NFT through stop animation of himself painting his custom Mona Lisa Grin art figure.
Working with Bigshot Toys, English revisits his early career Pop Provocateur persona with American Depress and Uncle Scam. American Depress highlights a certain rodent mascot crucified on a mousetrap cross, and the Uncle Scam series features a downcast and befuddled titan of capitalism on a torched throne.
English is well-known for his satirical takes on “Truth in Advertising” and presents two of his Cereal Killer series characters in NFT form with “Fruit Looped” and “Fat Tony,” his anatomically correct mascots who actually eat the food they rep.
Finally, the Essential Collection highlights English’s current focus on his imaginary universe of Delusionville, with main character and personal avatar Ronnnie Rabbbit, a three-eyed alien rabbbit navigating life in an underworld Utopia, with neighbors Elefanka the monarch butterfly/elephant hybrid, Zephyr Zelephant, the zebra elephant, and Waylone Wolf, the grizzled old insider who knows where the bones are buried.
See everything releasing here.