Cleon Peterson, ‘Endless Sleep (Black)’, 2016, Reem Gallery

"The mural and print are derived from the Early Renaissance tale of Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream (Hypnerotomachia Poliphili). The story tells the tale of one man’s bizarre and perilous voyage into a mystical world to declare his adoration for his beloved. He abruptly awakes from this dream within a dream, to the harsh reality of unrequited love.

Humanity and mankind thrive on the search for love and unity, entangled in this quest is both light and darkness."

Signature: Signed and numbered by the artist

About Cleon Peterson

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.

American, b. 1973, Seattle, Washington, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows

2016
Hong Kong,
INFLUENTIAL - GROUP SHOW
2015
Detroit,
"Poison" A Solo Exhibition By Cleon Peterson

Group Shows

2016
Detour Gallery, 
Red Bank, NJ, United States,
Culturedrone

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Over the Influence at KIAF 2017
2017
Over the Influence at Art Stage Singapore 2017