We’ve discussed Ron English’s work before with you here at VA. His art, in one word, is terrifying. The images aren’t that scary, but what these images represent is the key. English holds a mirror up to society and popular culture, which means we’ve got some explaining to do.
He touched down in Atlanta last month to join a group of artists for the Heineken Mural Projects. Va Mag witnessed him spray-painting live during Flux night, a one-day art celebration in the city’s historic Castleberry Art’s District. Now, just a few weeks later he’s taking over San Francisco by unveiling new pieces for art lovers to enjoy.
He depicts the beauty of the human face. Just as much as he depicts what makes our faces captivating, he also focuses on our flaws. This method makes his paintings extremely realistic. When I first saw a Wook piece, I was shocked to discover that he does not use photography anywhere in his artistic process. His method to obtain a realistic portrait includes scratching oil off of aluminum, not by editing images using Photoshop.