Ron English has produced images on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television. He coined the term POPaganda to describe a mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the movie Super Size Me, and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents. Other characters in English’s paintings, billboards, and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, cowgirls and grinning skulls – visual, with humorous undertones.
English was interviewed for the documentary Super Size Me (2004), which showed his McDonald’s-themed artwork—inspired by his belief about the effect of fast food franchises and restaurant chains on American culture – “”MC Supersized”” is English’s interpretation of Ronald McDonald, a western culture “”Buddha”” eating a diet of what is sold by McDonald’s in the religion of consumerism and an over-sated devotee.
“”Abraham Obama,”” made during the 2008 US Presidential Election, was a “”portrait-fusion”” of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents.
English has painted album covers for The Dandy Warhols’ Welcome to the Monkey House, the 2010 album Slash, and the Chris Brown album cover for F.A.M.E. Some of his paintings were used in the Morgan Spurlock documentaries Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. English has collaborated with Daniel Johnston and Jack Medicine in the Hyperjinx Tricycle project. In 2010 he created the artwork for Art Nouveau Magazine’s first print issue.
English is the subject of a Pedro Carvajal documentary titled Popaganda (after one of his art books). He is also a subject of “”The Art Army”” action figures by Michael Leavitt. English and his fellow artists Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal guest-starred on the March 4, 2012, episode of The Simpsons, “”Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart.”” In 2015 he was a guest judge on the Oxygen Network’s reality show Streetart Throwdown created by Justin BUA. English’s work was included in Seth Rogen’s film This is the End and Movie 43″