Death and the Eternal Forever Korero Press / Hardback £24.99 / 1st August 2014
Book launch at Atomica Gallery, London on Thursday 31st July, 6-8pm
“…the brilliant guerrilla artist notorious for replacing corporate billboards and advertisements with satirical and pointed attacks on consumer culture.” — New York Magazine
“…a latter-day American hero, a Robin Hood who does not so much steal from the rich as steal the rich’s thunder by making their products seem wicked or idiotic.” — The Guardian
“…one of the art world’s most effective and visually candid critics of this or any troubled time.” — Juxtapoz
Death and the Eternal Forever is the new book from fine artist and street art legend Ron English. In this collection of visually astonishing and bitingly funny work, English explores his belief that all art is a futile attempt to cheat death, and death is the thing that gives all art meaning.
Featuring more than 170 of the artist’s iconic paintings, sculpture, and vinyl figures, Death and the Eternal Forever teems with fantastically twisted creatures, from three-eyed rabbits and his signature udderly delicious cowgirls to grinning skulls. The book is published by independent publishing house Korero Press.
The starting point for Death and the Eternal Forever is English’s own shocking encounter with death; he was once kidnapped by a knife-wielding artist who demanded he assess his work. Questioning the sincerity of English’s comments, the artist then destroyed his life’s work with his knife. English managed to escape, but the experience of witnessing the destruction of the artwork, or as English calls it “a suicide by proxy”, profoundly impacted his outlook:
“Art that has outlived its creator exists beyond the reach of death, and its ultimate purpose may be to preserve the high marks of human consciousness for unborn generations. It is, at its core, a very human attempt to outwit death, or at least to protect those divine flashes that are too new and fleeting to be encoded and preserved in our DNA—to protect this thing we most covet, which is uniquely ours, from extinction.”
– Ron English (from book introduction)