Highsnobiety went behind-the-scenes at Ron English's recent takeover of the Bowery mural, and spoke with the artist about his work and social media's impact on street art.
On April 17, Ron English joins the pantheon of street artists who have been granted the honor of gracing New York City's iconic Houston Bowery Wall. The Bowery Mural is an outdoor exhibition space created by real estate developer and art patron Tony Goldman and world-reknown art dealer Jeffery Deitch in 2008. The space is located on the corner of Houston Street and Bowery on a wall owned by Goldman Properties since 1984.
Bigfoot and family have moved to NYC! This Bigfoot installation is on display at the Zumiez store in Union Square! Go check it out before it comes down this June!
Be sure to tag #popaganda and #ronenglish in your photos. We love to see them!
Thanks to our partners, friends and fans, POPaganda crushed at SXSW this year! Ron and Risk did a mural at Spiderhouse Café, which served as home base for the POP Team. Our double decker party bus cruised downtown Austin with incredible DJs and celebrity guests Wiz Khalifa and Action Bronson. Cathy Cowgirl made an appearance. Our amazing augmented reality app brought Ron’s images to life, and our POP Team spread the love through T shirts and giveways. Thanks Austin! We’ll see you next year!
Watch this video recap of Ron English spray painting a swimming pool on a rooftop in Chelsea!
Thanks to Marcello Cavalcanti for creating this time lapse of Ron working on his Smiley Grin mural at The Madness Hotel in Rio!
I did a huge mural in downtown LA last year and felt very blessed to get a chance to do such a big space. Recently the building buffed over it, and people have asked me how I feel about it. But I think they forget, I’ve been doing billboards, bus shelter posters, paste-ups and other extremely temporal art on the streets for many years. I don’t believe Street Art is meant to be permanent. If the owner of the building wants it down, if someone paints over it to paint something new, it’s all fine because it’s fulfilled its purpose.
Ron is currently in Richmond Virginia painting a mural for the Richmond Mural Project! Check out some work-in-progress shots.
(photo credit @out2bomb)
(photo credit @spanishbrucewillis)
Ron did a quick mural during the Waterfront Film Festival in South Haven Michigan celebrating the elusive "zelephant," said to be a native of these parts! Thanks to Hopwood and the Deprees for the hospitality!
This past week Ron English participated in the street art festival, POW WOW! HAWAII, creating a "Sea Creatures Playing Poker" mural. Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. Check out the festival through Ron's eyes below!
This past week Ron English has participated in the POW WOW! HAWAII festival. Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. Check out these work-in-progress shots of Ron painting his mural "Sea Creatures Playing Poker".
Next week Ron English will be saying ALOHA as he travels to Honolulu for POW! WOW! Hawaii. Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe.
Ron's in downtown Los Angeles completing the second legally sanctioned mural under LA's new mural regulations. The massive Urban Bigfoot wall is located at Imperial and Jesse and is fast becoming a tourist destination. Watch the progress here!
Ron picking up some paint for the Mural.
Recently Ron went on a 10-day European mural tour! First stop, Madrid, Spain, where Ron finally had a chance to see Picasso's Guernica in person!
Then on to Tudela de Navarra, a beautiful town in Northern Spain which has played host to a number of street art luminaries.
A storm is brewing on Mulberry Street...
Don't make him angry!
He's got Little Italy in tatters...
NUART 2012 was a blast! Thanks to Martyn Reed for sending these pictures, taken inside an old brewery, which was the scene for some of the finest (and quickest) murals I've seen. Here is the collaboration piece I did with Saber...
Here's the long wall leading up to the Star Skull..
Ron and Beau are busy painting a very long wall in Stavanger, Norway ahead of tonight's opening of NUART Street Art Festival...
Perfect Scandinavian fall weather and just dark enough to project...
More pictures as the wall develops...
Two more Ron English #Publicworks billboards have gone up in Los Angeles. "Grin" sits at Western Ave and Carson, in the heart of South Central...
The Rabbbits billboard sits atop a building at Boylston and Sunset Blvd in Echo Park...
Tony Goldman was a true visionary, with a golden heart and a wicked sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. The Miami Design District that he created will survive and prosper, and Tony's spirit will live on.
Tony gave space to many great artists to pursue their visions, and I am proud to be one of them.
The first few billboards in LA are up, courtesy of the Publicworks Project from LA Freewalls and McDonald Media.
Melrose and Fairfax...
Ron is currently in London painting for the London Pleasure Gardens as part of the 2012 Olympic celebration. The project takes part of the City's east end and aims to regenerate the mainly industrial, poor area with new parks and infrastructure. Due to its location to the ExCel center (where the Olympic awards ceremonies will take place) the Olympic committees put aside money for the various projects involved in the Pleasure Garden.
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Somewhere in Brooklyn...
Thank you, Italy! And thanks to The Don Gallery of Milan for their collaboration and logistical support!
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Thanks to David Freeman of South Texas College and my crew (Chunwoo, Rama, Justin and Sean, we spent the weekend bombing some bovines down on the border!
Ron English takes graffiti to new heights this morning by skywriting the word CLOUD five times across lower Manhattan. The text soon dissipates into… actual clouds.
Check out Ron's mural that he painted in Jersey City alongside BigFoot one.
JetSet Graffiti Productions is proud to announce the debut of our first feature length documentary at this year’s San Francisco Independent Film Festival! “Abraham Obama” is a humorous and provocative look at an unprecedented political art movement. A campaign to change the visual landscape of America yields a new President, and ushers in a new collective consciousness for America’s people.