Cleon Peterson

American, b. 1973

3.5k followers

Cleon Peterson

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American, b. 1973

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With an aesthetic rooted in graphic design and a style reminiscent of Greco-Roman vases, Cleon Peterson’s art depicts a world in which deviance is the norm and violence, sex, and drugs bring a hollow pleasure. A former drug addict who initially struggled to recover, Peterson does not rely on symbolism or allusion, as many other artists do; instead he depicts a chaotic and chilling reality—police brutality, stabbings, and strangulation. Influenced by Leon Golub, Paul McCarthy, and Mike Kelley, Peterson portrays a world in which hostility and violence are rendered senseless and without context.

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Biography

With an aesthetic rooted in graphic design and a style reminiscent of Greco-Roman vases, Cleon Peterson’s art depicts a world in which deviance is the norm and violence, sex, and drugs bring a hollow pleasure. A former drug addict who initially struggled to recover, Peterson does not rely on symbolism or allusion, as many other artists do; instead he depicts a chaotic and chilling reality—police brutality, stabbings, and strangulation. Influenced by Leon Golub, Paul McCarthy, and Mike Kelley, Peterson portrays a world in which hostility and violence are rendered senseless and without context.

Career Highlights
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Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo
Shows Featuring Cleon Peterson
Articles Featuring Cleon Peterson
Cleon Peterson’s Violent Paintings Strike at the Heart of a Divided America
Jul 10th, 2018
Cleon Peterson’s Violent Paintings Strike at the Heart of a Divided America
Cleon Peterson’s Unflinching Paintings Act Out Our Culture’s “Poison”
Aug 25th, 2015
Cleon Peterson’s Unflinching Paintings Act Out Our Culture’s “Poison”
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