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 Art Stage Singapore 2017