In his first solo show at the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, the world renowned painter Ron English, father of the Agit Pop Movement, pays homage to Picasso’s GUERNICA.
Ron English presents some of his latest canvases from a series of paintings based on the 1937 masterpiece, which depicted the tragedy of the Spanish Civil war, transcribing it to reflect our troubled times, alongside an extraordinary body of new works.
In the show, entitled Lazarus Rising, the theme of resurrection is deliberately provocative and reflects the contemporary socio-political situation, presenting uncomfortable and dark insights beneath the slick, plastic face of our society.
A beautiful limited edition book has been printed by the gallery to accompany the exhibition. It is a hard bound book of 48 pages, with 29 full color images, costing £30. The introductory essay has been written by Paul Jones, and an essay by writer and critic Francesca Gavin gives an insight into Ron English’s pioneering approach to art.
Ron English will be in the gallery between 12.00 – and 2.00pm on Saturday 9th May to sign copies of the book.
“Lazarus Rising” runs at the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms from May 8th to June 6th.
A further preview of the exhibition follows after the jump.