JON LANGFORD (Wales, United Kingdom, 1957)
Settled in Chicago for years, he combines his frenetic artistic and musical activity with political activism. He is the founder of the punk band The Mekons, born at the University of Leeds in 1977. Ever since he has been one of the leaders and pioneers in the incorporation of folk and country music to punk and rock with their different bands.
For more than 10 years he illustrated the comic strip Great Pop Things under the pseudonym of Chuck Death, in which he reviewed the history of Rock and Roll, which appeared in alternative publications in Los Angeles and Chicago.
In 2015, the Country Museum Music Hall of Fame in Nashville commissioned Langford to create various portraits of musical icons such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and the Nashville Cats. The work was shown in an exhibition at the museum that same year.
The works of Jon Langford amalgamate portraits of advertising reminiscences with imagery derived from folk art, still lives, American West paraphernalia, the Cold War, and the 50s aesthetics in general, with an intelligent and scathing look. He applies his distinctive style to portray giants of American music, and others more marginal, along with cowboys, astronauts, skeletons and skulls, cute birds, snakes, thorny roses, horseshoes, and a myriad of allegorical images. In many cases, he emphasizes the message of his pictorial works with verses and phrases taken from his poems and the lyrics of his songs.