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Coulrophobic Clown

Coulrophobic Clown

Ron English
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Giclée Print with Silkscreen Gloss
50 x 70 cm
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Painters began using clowns as allegorical figures in nineteenth century France, in contrast to the mythical and religious figures that dominated art at the time. The clown portrayed the doughty everyman, maintaining a brave face despite the hurtful and often farcical character of life. And while Ron doesn’t normally paint clowns, preferring pop culture figures, the pain behind the smile is a key theme in his work. So this beautiful piece is a must-have for any keen admirers of Ron’s art.
Ron of course is considered the Godfather of the urban art movement: he was the first to ‘jack’ billboard adverts and also arguably the first to bring an illustrative style with concise socio-political messaging to the streets themselves.

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