Argentine street artist Martin Ron has returned to London to host his first solo European Show. Fresh from the success of his visit to the city last year it looks like the capital is going to get an epic dose of the surreal.
Hosted by the Mead Carney Fine Art Gallery on Dover Street the show sees Martin move from the street to the gallery. His works, usually epic in scale and surreal in nature, are normally painted onto the streets of Buenos Aires, or as last year, in London when he painted murals on Hanbury Street and on the huge Village Underground wall.
His show ‘SOUP‘ is Ron’s code for society, seeing it as a “great big soup”. The work showcases his unique vision of the World around us saying “The three main ingredients of the soup are man, nature and technology and they are all mixed together in a disorganized way without care or meaning.” His method often involving the featuring of little local issues and transforming them in his mind and then on the canvas.
When in London his murals included a farmer with a mechanical arm cocking a huge hand as if to shoot a scurring badger. His visit coincided with the governments badger cull and the story was one of the first Martin had heard when he visited the city. It inspired him and the results were beyond impressive. During the same trip he also painted a huge Queens guard performing a Brazilian martial art on Hanbury Street, one of the most photographed and best street art spots in the country.
There’s no doubt that the show promises to be one of the highlights in the urban art calender, it’s hard to describe Ron’s work much better to see it for yourself. Needless to say they are complex, with elements of fantasy, realism and technology
‘SOUP’ is showcasing at the Mead Carney Fine Art Gallery at 45 Dover St, London W1S 4FF. Opening on May 7th from 7pm-10pm the show will run until May 24 2014. All photographs in the gallery below courtesy of Martin Ron
Martin Ron Gallery