Raymond Pettibon, ‘South of Heaven by Jim Thompson’, 2010, Arion Press
Raymond Pettibon, ‘South of Heaven by Jim Thompson’, 2010, Arion Press
Raymond Pettibon, ‘South of Heaven by Jim Thompson’, 2010, Arion Press
Raymond Pettibon, ‘South of Heaven by Jim Thompson’, 2010, Arion Press

Artist Raymond Pettibon illustrates this edition of Jim Thompson's South of Heaven with forty-four drawings, printed on red sheets interleaved in the text. Pettibon is one of the hottest contemporary American artists, whose lurid images have intrigued art collectors and curators ever since he burst onto the scene in the late eighties. He came out of the punk rock milieu in the late seventies and early eighties. Michael Kimmelman, the chief art critic for the New York Times, wrote in 2003 that Pettibon’s style has “a certain underground comic book messiness that is really graphic virtuosity in disguise”. Nearly all of Pettibon’s artworks contain texts or captions. Some are quotations but most are his own highly creative writings. For South of Heaven he has used excerpts cunningly chosen and elided from the book, combined with his own improvisations on themes in the novel.

Signature: All books are signed by Raymond Pettibon

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

Exhibition Highlights

2016
New York,
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The Postmodern