Sunday, July 12, 2015

England Hidalgo's Punk Art

Not only do I admire England Hidalgo for his skill with ink, but the straightforward messages about political and social issues in his illustrations are also to be revered. Hidalgo was born in the Philippines and studied a few semesters in Painting at the College of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, then moved to the U.S. in 1997. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.

"England Hidalgo presents to us a brand of realism that navigates through grit, manifesting the wider society by interrupting our complacency with it. A background in punk would describe the hyperbolic visual language that he mustered by reiterating images from the general media alongside iconic juxtapositions that, by principle, should elicit empathy; rather they create revulsion onto themselves in Hidalgo's terms." 

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