The American pop-artist Ron English just painted a big mural on a five storey building in Berlin featuring his famous character ‘Temper Tot’, as illustrated in his installation for Magic City.
Ron English coined the term “POPaganda” to describe his trademark fusion of high and low imagery, mixing superheroes and comic strips with art history iconography in his prolific and ubiquitous paintings, billboards, and sculptures. He is best known for combining expert draftsmanship with a cynical, humorous critique of American culture.
With a three dimensional effect, a cherub wearing a nappy is standing tall and showing his muscles and veins, staring at the viewer and about to burst onto the scene in an expressive manner. Painted on two walls, a red and blue side magically come together with impressive realist definition and trompe l’oeil effect.
This juxtaposition of an extremely strong and muscular figure with a very angry baby face, the ‘Temper Tot’ is a cheeky play on The Incredible Hulk and a wink to Ron English’s kids Zephyr and Mars. The artist wanted to illustrate what it feels like to be a parent with small children and showcase immaturity and power.
Immature and totally irrational, a baby can be extremely powerful and relentless. Parents can relate to Temper Tot specially when their toddler is having a strong tantrum and they have no control over like an ‘enfant terrible’.
Terrorizing adults, this giant muscular angry looking toddler is also the mascot of children.
In fact from a children perspective, they love the character as it shows them as a superhero with superpowers.
As art can have different meanings depending on the situation, the Temper Tot has also evolved to illustrate an ironic version of the American president Donald Trump, full of power and immaturity.
You can enjoy this mural in Berlin or visit the installation at Magic City in Stockholm from October 28.