For today’s top five list, we look at some of artist Ron English's reinterpretations of classic paintings. If you think his oil paintings are just your usual knockoffs, then you better think again!
1. “Super Supper” vs. Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”
In describing his own works, which are mostly “mash-up[s] of high and low cultural touchstones,” Ron uses a term he coined himself: “POPaganda.” Leonardo da Vinci’s opus is perhaps one of the most recognizable images in world, and so those who would see Ron’s take on this classic might be amused upon seeing that Jesus Christ has been replaced by Ron’s own McSupersized and the 12 apostles by various pop culture icons including the Looney Tunes and Disney characters, Popeye, and Homer Simpson!
2. “McStarry” vs. Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”
van Gogh’s view of the night sky outside his room at a sanatorium in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in France had inspired him to paint “The Starry Night” in 1889. Centuries later, Ron seemed to have been inspired in turn by van Gogh’s famous work as he painted “McStarry” – but not, of course, without a few adjustments. Instead of the town of Saint-Rémy, we now see a McDonald’s restaurant standing on a parcel of land.
3. “The Harmonic Scream” vs. Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”
Just like the two works of art above, many people would be able to recognize “The Scream” at first glance. Judging from Munch’s diary entry wrote about it, the painting didn’t portray someone in particular and instead was an interpretation of something he had heard while walking along a path between the city and a fjord – “a scream passing through nature…” On the other hand, we’re just not sure just who exactly were the subjects (if there even are any!) of Ron’s work.
4. “Bunny Rabbit” vs. Claude Monet’s “The Water-Lily Pond”
French Impressionist Monet’s paintings usually have that classic, elegant air. Ron hadn’t altered the painting much in his version, only adding three-eyed, freaky-looking purple bunny standing on the bridge.
5. “Stereo Magritte” vs. Rene Magritte’s “The Son of Man”
“The Son of Man” is said to be Magritte’s self-portrait. It’s probably not familiar to some, but apparently, the painting was had been referenced on the films, “Stranger Than Fiction” and “(500) Days of Summer.” In Ron’s version, we see the man in the bowler hat now standing side by side with a skeleton that has a rotten apple floating in front of its skull.
Photos by Ron English as well as the background information about him in this article were taken from Ron English’s Popaganda. Meanwhile, all other information were sourced from Listverse and Wikipedia, while photos of the classic paintings were sourced also from Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and Wikipaintings.