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b. 1973, USA

Cleon Peterson Biography

LA-based artist Cleon Peterson has an aesthetic deeply rooted in Western cultural history, from the classic Greco-Roman vases depicting warriors and battles, to the marvelous decapitation paintings of Caravaggio and violent masterpieces of Goya. His art depicts a world in which deviance is the norm and violence, sex, and drugs bring a hollow pleasure. The imagery has a strong graphic quality. 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. Peterson portrays a world in which hostility and violence are rendered senseless and without context. His figures - often seen clashing - symbolise a struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating structures of contemporary society.

Cleon Peterson Featured Artworks

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Canceled (Black) by Cleon Peterson contemporary artwork
Cleon PetersonCanceled (Black), c. 2021Hand-pulled black and yellow screen print. Printed on 290gsm Arches Rag paper with deckled edges.
40.64 x 40.64 cm
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World on Fire (Red), 2021 by Cleon Peterson contemporary artwork
Cleon PetersonWorld on Fire (Red), 2021, 2021Hand-pulled, large format screenprint, printed on 290gsm Coventry Rag paper with deckled edges.
121.92 x 91.44 cm
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World on Fire (White), 2021 by Cleon Peterson contemporary artwork
Cleon PetersonWorld on Fire (White), 2021, 2021Hand-pulled, large format screenprint, printed on 290gsm Coventry Rag paper with deckled edges
121.92 x 91.44 cm
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Aryballos by Cleon Peterson contemporary artwork
Cleon PetersonAryballos, 2018Screenprint on 290gsm Coventry rag paper with deckled edges
40.5 x 40.5 cm
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Amphora by Cleon Peterson contemporary artwork
Cleon PetersonAmphora, 2018Screenprint on 290gsm Coventry rag paper with deckled edges
46 x 61 cm
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Kantharos by Cleon Peterson contemporary artwork
Cleon PetersonKantharos, 2018Screenprint on 290gsm Coventry rag paper with deckled edges
48 x 30.5 cm
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Kylix by Cleon Peterson contemporary artwork
Cleon PetersonKylix, 2018Screenprint on 290gsm Coventry rag paper with deckled edges
86 x 28 cm
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World on Fire (White) by Cleon Peterson contemporary artwork
Cleon PetersonWorld on Fire (White), 2020Hand pulled black and red screen print on 290gsm
45.7 x 61 cm
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