Article by Ben Adams, Merry Jane
World-renowned American artist Ron English is one of the most celebrated and recognizable living artists of our era. The 56-year-old has explored the realm of pop art and gluttonous consumerism through paintings and images that have permeated the mediums of film, books, television, and album art.
English’s cover art has graced albums ranging from Chris Brown’s iconic F.A.M.E. to multiple album covers for the Dandy Warhols. His paintings have appeared in This Is the End and Movie 43 as well as Super Size Me. English has also guest-starred on an episode of The Simpsons.
Recently English teamed up with High Times for POPaganja, a pop-up show in Brian Wood’s New York boutique The Wood Shoppe that he describes as a “bodega” of cannabis-themed pop art and images. It runs through Nov. 8.
Merry Jane connected with English to discuss the show, marijuana merchandise, prohibition, advertising, and the state of album cover art.