Portrait ©Jon Furlong
Portrait ©Jon Furlong

Bio

Cleon Peterson is an LA based artist whose chaotic and violent paintings show clashing figures symbolizing a struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating architecture of contemporary society. The imagery of Cleon Peterson is not only strong because of its striking visual quality and its relevance to our world today. Although all too easily associated with the barbaric sectarian violence in the Middle East and escalating excrescence that is the current geopolitical turmoil, it’s also 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Seattle, Washington, 1973. Currently lives in Los Angeles.

Education:

2006 M.F.A. The Cranbrook Academy
2004 B.F.A. Graphic Design, Art Center College of Design,
Pasadena, CA (Graduated with Honors and distinction)

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2017
'Victory' at Galerie Du Jour, Paris

2016
'The Judgement' at Plus One, Antwerp
'Purity' at Over the Influence Gallery, Hong Kong

2015
'Poison' at Library Street Collective, Detroit

2014
'End of Days' at New Image Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013
'There is a War' at The Outsiders, London, UK

2012
'The Brinksman' at Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011
'White Flag' at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2010
'Daybreak' at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

2009
New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
'The Unconsoled' at A.L.I.C.E. Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
'The Mirror Stage' at Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The Occupation at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017
'Lock Route' at Gillman Barracks, Singapore

2014
Lasco Project at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2013
Direct Address — An Inaugural Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery,
New York, NY

2012
These Friends Three THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Summer Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2011
Postermat The Hole, New York, NY
New Image Art Miami, Scope, Miami, FL
Pure Logo at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Public Domaine at La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France

2010
Come As You Are at Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Image Art at Miami, Art Basel, Miami, FL
The Power of Selection at Part 3, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Moniker Art Fair at New Image Art, London, England

2009
August Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
14 Artists at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Trailblazers at Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Poster Renaissance 2 at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Locals Only at VASF Gallery San Francisco, CA
Ginger at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

2007
Art Basel at Deitch Projects, Miami Beach, FL
Mail Order Monsters at Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Brodeo at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Exhibited at

GALERIE DU JOUR — AGNÉS B
OVER THE INFLUENCE — HONG KONG
PLUS ONE GALLERY — ANTWERP
LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE
NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY
COOPER COLE GALLERY
GUERRERO GALLERY
ALICE GALLERY
THE HOLE NYC
DEITCH

Recent Bibliography

Palais 24, Le Magazine de Palais de Tokyo, 2016
The Judgement, Exhibition catalogue, Plus One Gallery, 2015
'Cleon Peterson', series mono-petit, Draw Down, 2015