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b. 1979, Uzbekistan

Joshua Petker Biography

Drawing inspiration from historical works, which are intentionally kept anonymous, Joshua Petker's paintings rely instead on their ability to evoke the familiar and uncanny, teasing and tantalising. Rather than draw specific conclusions from these juxtapositions, his work unleashes an exhilarating proliferation of meanings and pictorial puzzles. The artist offers the history of art and visual culture reshuffled—Picabia, Bronzino, soviet era cartoons. Petker makes these his own and the outcome is a timeless dreamlike mix of perspective and emotionality.

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Joshua Petker (b. 1979, Los Angeles, CA) completed his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2015 and his BFA at Evergreen State College in 2002. He has exhibited his work recently at La Loma Projects, Pasadena, CA; ASHES/ASHES, New York, NY; Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; and ACME, Los Angeles, CA. Petker lives and works in Los Angeles.

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The Card Game by Joshua Petker contemporary artwork painting
Joshua Petker The Card Game, 2023 Oil and acrylic on linen
69 x 61 inches
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Cowboy Pie by Joshua Petker contemporary artwork painting
Joshua Petker Cowboy Pie, 2023 Oil and acrylic on linen
60 x 48 inches
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Bluebird by Joshua Petker contemporary artwork painting
Joshua Petker Bluebird, 2023 Oil and acrylic on linen
60 x 48 inches
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The Feather Train by Joshua Petker contemporary artwork painting
Joshua Petker The Feather Train, 2023 Oil and acrylic on linen
69 x 61 inches
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Red Pipe by Joshua Petker contemporary artwork painting
Joshua Petker Red Pipe, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches
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Courting in Red by Joshua Petker contemporary artwork painting
Joshua Petker Courting in Red, 2021 Oil and acrylic on linen
20 x 16 inches
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Blue Dream by Joshua Petker contemporary artwork painting
Joshua Petker Blue Dream, 2021 Oil and acrylic on linen
48 x 36 inches
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Blue Rug by Joshua Petker contemporary artwork painting
Joshua Petker Blue Rug, 2021 Oil and acrylic on linen
20 x 16 inches
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