Gleaning the Meaning—If Andy Warhol’s paintings were all surface, what artist’s paintings are infinite depth?

Hidden in the seemingly random rhythms of splashed paint and a Jackson Pollock action painting are elaborate maps of America’s most sensitive cold-war sites. Or so once was the rumor. It is true that the CIA funded the abstract expressionist movement in an attempt to promote America’s capitalistic vision of personal freedom, but hidden maps, no. Artists have embedded secret meanings in their paintings throughout history. Hieronymus Bosch hid strange musical scores in his paintings, maybe in hopes that one day an astute curator would add a soundtrack to his work. Michelangelo hid a human brain in his work “The Creation of Adam.” That God exists inside the human mind seems to be the hidden message. Of course, for the artists of the symbolist movement every image was metaphorical and needed a decoder ring to get to the real meanings. But perhaps no artist in history has layered more complex, hidden narratives in his work than Ron English. So, don your art historian x-ray glasses and discover the meaning behind the madness.

American Infantile

American Infantile

The white stripes collage are actual comics created during the cold war which completely ignore the war, and the red stripes feature actual comics created during the Vietnam war which comment directly on it.

American Infantile detail

Captain Caption

Captain Caption

One of the many secrets hidden in the background is a lightbulb grenade. Ideas can be dangerous.

Captain Caption detail

Coulrophobic Clown

Coulrophobic Clown

Multiple Ron English variant characters dance through the painted comics that form the central figure. Here a sea monkey appears much more human than the original cartoon.

Coulrophobic Clown detail

Graveyard Guernica

Graveyard Guernica

Behind the exploding sun/light are symbolic religious characters, including the Alien Illuminati skull.

Graveyard Guernica detail

Lazarus Rising

Lazarus Rising

Features multiple resurrection myths from history, popular culture, and Ron English’s imagination, including Jesus, Mickey Mouse, and Frankenstein.

Lazarus Rising detail

Mouse Mask Murphy and Skeleton

Mouse Mask Murphy and Skeleton

A cartoon character tries to escape the composition only to have his head split open by his own caption. Ouch!

Mouse Mask Murphy and Skeleton detail

Poultry Rex Guernica

Poultry Rex Guernica

Reveals multiple creation myths and misguided evolutionary dead ends. But perhaps most essential to the composition is the recently discovered evolutionary link between Tyrannosaurus Rex and his descendent, the common chicken.

Poultry Rex Guernica detail

Slash and Friends

Slash and Friends

Even Slash himself didn’t notice all the strange oracles on his album cover until it was blown up to 50 feet for his stage backdrop. This strange alien butterfly is turned into the magic guitar.

Slash and Friends detail

Star Skull

Star Skull

All of the characters in the background cartoons have decayed down to their cartoon skeletons. It seems even cartoon characters are not immortal.

Star Skull detail

Super Supper

Super Supper

The ceiling tiles are made of close ups of the paintings on the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. All history is made equal in modern pop culture.

Super Supper detail

The Resurrection of Immortality

The Resurrection of Immortality

The corpses of cartoon characters are transmutated back into existence like the reanimated central character of the monster of Frankenstein.

The Resurrection of Immortality detail

The Virgin Diaries

The Virgin Diaries

The Virgin Mary gives birth to modern romantic myths made popular in the comics of the twentieth century.

The Virgin Diaries detail

Art has always revealed more about the artist and the times than perhaps even the artists themselves intended. The polished surface-level pop art of our modern age is a reflection of the unstated values of a consumerist culture. But our culture is as complex and layered with hidden meaning as any culture since antiquity, and Ron English is the interpreter of our secrets, which lay in wait for future art lovers to decode and behold.

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A Tune from the Tomb: Daniel Johnston, Ron English and Clutter Studios to produce “Jeremiah Grin” NFT editions

It was “Hi How Are You” Day 2021, a day created to celebrate the late great Daniel Johnston, the Vincent Van Gogh of shoegazing pop music, when artist and longtime Daniel collaborator Ron English received a forgotten recording of a song he wrote with Daniel years ago, from producer Earl Norman, who had recorded it and rediscovered it on his computer.

The haunting song, titled “Big Empty Ego,” echoed the emptiness of the strange bubble of fame in which the tortured artist existed.  The question was what to do with such an unusual musical treasure. By a series of fortunate turns of fate, the little recording will soon transform into a white-hot NFT, the ideal vehicle to encapsulate decades of collaboration between the two artists.

Ron teamed up with the Daniel Johnston estate and Clutter studios to facilitate the production of a line of art toys based on Daniel’s iconic characters. Using a 3d model of Jeremiah the frog, Daniel’s signature character, Ron worked with Clutter studios to retrofit his own signature treatment of “the Grin” onto the piece and placed it into English’s iconic Delusionville environment.

The song was delivered as raw tracks to producer Joe Johnson, old friend and longtime producer of both Daniel and Ron’s musical endeavors. Joe gave the same love to this lost song that he had bestowed upon the first Daniel Johnston album that Joe had produced many years ago in Austin, Texas, “Continued Story,” completing the journey from inspiration to execution yet again within the same old circle of friends.

Lyn-Z, Earl Norman, Daniel Johnston, and Ron English

Ed Zipco of Superchief Gallery, a longtime fan of both Daniel Johnston and Ron English, pounced on the opportunity to release the NFT project through his new platform–the ONLY NFT platform with a NYC Gallery! The series releases May 1, 2021. Stay tuned!

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Bloomberg taps Oprah Winfrey as his vice presidential running mate for the 2020 election.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made his decision on his running mate for the 2020 presidential election. For his vice president he has chosen Oprah Winfrey, the talk show host and philanthropist. In 2016 Bloomberg flirted with the idea of Oprah Winfrey as his secretary of commerce, this time deciding to make the leap and add her name to the ballot.

Bloomberg has a history of sexist and racist comments, and hopes that selecting the most powerful black woman in America will rectify this. Winfrey, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama for her efforts during the 2008 election, has decided she is ready to help get Bloomberg to the White House.

Despite his patterns of sexual harassment and discrimination against minorities, Winfrey and Bloomberg get along quite well and have become good friends. Winfrey’s work with the Time’s Up movement and her Leadership Academy for Girls will help balance Bloomberg’s past controversies.

Bloomberg is a late addition to the poll and is hoping this move will produce a frenzy of online memes and thus boost his polling numbers.

American Artist Takes Japanese Kaiju To New Heights!

World famous, controversial artist, Ron English, takes the Japanese art of Kaiju to new extremes in his upcoming exhibit in China. Kaiju, or “strange beasts”, originates from the Japanese film genre that focuses on giant monsters attacking cities and militaries.

The exhibit opens Friday, June 21st from 7pm to 10pm at Pop Life Art Space, located Tower 1/ No. 4080 Qiaoxiang Road. Shenzhen, China. 

Mexico Agrees to Pay for Border “Welcome Wall”

A thousand artists are queued up to build the Welcome Wall, an art installation wall running the length of the US/Mexico border. The first section of the Wall was unveiled today in Mission, Texas, at the National Butterfly Center, painted by eight artists, including organizer/creator and world-renowned artist Ron English, a New York-based Texas native.

“The wall is being built NOW, but not by Trump, and Mexico is paying for it, not American taxpayers. And it really is beautiful. It’s environmentally neutral, and we hope it becomes a global tourist attraction and national treasure. Our wall is a welcome, not a rebuff. Our wall has doors and climbing rocks!”

The first section of the Welcome Wall was funded by an indiegogo campaign. Subsequent sections will be funded by the Mexican government, which has also agreed to provide contractor and construction support for the art installation to run from Texas to California along the US/Mexico border.


Jay-Z addresses Beyoncé infidelity rumours on new album 4:44

After Jay-Z’s wife Beyoncé Knowles aired details of his rumoured infidelity on her album Lemonade, the US rapper has now addressed the scandal on his new album, 4:44. Released today on the Tidal streaming service that he part owns, various lyrics refer to the trials the couple have experienced.

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Trump: Obama didn’t ‘choke,’ he ‘colluded or obstructed’

President Trump on Monday said President Obama took no action against Russia for its actions in the 2016 election because he expected Hillary Clinton to win.

Trump concluded that Obama had not “choked” in taking no action against Russia, as a senior administration official told The Washington Post. Instead, Trump said Obama had “colluded” or “obstructed.”

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BET Awards: Solange does not thank sister Beyonce

What happened to sisterly love?

Solange Knowles seemingly forgot to thank her big sister Beyonce as she took home the Centric Award at Sunday night’s BET Awards.

Solange listed a long roster of fellow female artists that inspired her over the years as well as a generic shout out to “my family” but left out Beyonce. She also thanked her husband and son.

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‘Grotesque actions’ in Penn State fraternity hazing death

The lawyer for the family of a student who died after falling down stairs during a fraternity initiation has called the group’s actions “grotesque”.

Timothy Piazza, 19, died in February after he became drunk during a “pledge” event for a fraternity, which is a social club for male students.

Mr Piazza, who was left unconscious for hours, suffered internal injuries before he died in hospital.

Prosecutors charged 18 students at Penn State University over his death.

The charges came after months of a grand jury investigation, which included video from surveillance cameras, testimony and phone records from Mr Piazza’s final hours inside the fraternity house.

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