Raymond Pettibon, ‘No Title (Above all, for the sense of exteriority and control that lie latent there; and for the feeling of freedom that comes from paying the rent)’, 2003, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
With the opening of his landmark exhibition, Raymond: Pettibon: A Pen of All Work, in February 2017 at the New Museum, New York, Raymond Pettibon’s celebrated graphic works have been the focus of recent critical acclaim on an international platform. Cementing his profound exploration into the dynamics of text and image, Pettibon’s nuanced understanding of connotative linguistic devices and evocative imagery has resulted in his distinct aesthetic and iconic visual syntax, evident throughout his prolific oeuvre. Commencing his graphic work in the sixties, Pettibon’s aesthetic encapsulated the confrontational and disaffected spirit of youth culture, specifically that of the Californian Punk scene. Working on zines, adverts and designing infamous album covers and posters for the band Black Flag, Pettibon’s witty, satirical and brash style courses with vital energy, incorporating a myriad cultural references. The present works are exemplary of Pettibon’s complex collaging of cultural narratives and associations, offering a biting critical reading of American history and culture.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed and dated 'Raymond Pettibon 2003' on the reverse

Private Collection, Los Angeles (gifted by the artist)
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 17 December 2005, lot 158
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Raymond Pettibon

Having emerged from the Southern California DIY culture and its punk-rock sensibility, Raymond Pettibon fuses together youthful edginess and political engagement. Drawing from disparate cultural sources—from Marcel Proust to the Bible—the artist’s cartoon-inspired ink drawings on unframed paper recall the look of fanzines and concert flyers, however with an often cryptic semblance of narrative. More recently, Pettibon’s works have been a sustained critique of the Iraq War and American foreign policy, such as No Title ("Why press him?") (2007), which depicts George W. Bush with bloodied hands and surrounded by pointed, ironic commentary. Pettibon was a recipient of the Whitney's Bucksbaum award in 2004.

American, b. 1957, Tucson, Arizona, based in Hermosa Beach, California