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“A psychiatrist once bought one of my paintings, and he said I must be mad at my mother (laughs). Maybe, I don’t know. I’d say that part of what I’m painting are things that I feel like I’ve experienced – when I was at the low points in my life; when I was living on the streets, and a junkie…”

“I have always had a brutal sadistic perspective and for some reason my sense of humor usually ends up taking things to an uncomfortable place. I am always drawn to narratives that evoke a sinister or devious side of culture, the tragic movies where everyone dies or where the hero winds up ordinary. I think there is a truth everyone can relate to in feelings of struggle, desperation, pain and failure. The grey area between the dualistic nature of authority in our world is where these paintings live.”

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.  Cleon’s paintings are monochromatic while channeling at the same time the fashion sensibility of the early 80’s, complete with skinny ties and day glow colors.

Cleon received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, MI and a BFA in Graphic Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Past exhibitions include: “Trailblazers”, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia, “Park Life”, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, Art Basel 2007 and “Mail Order Monsters” at Deitch Projects New York, NY, “Those Damn Yanks”, ‘The Occupation’ at New Image Art Gallery, L.A., The Leonard Street Gallery, London, UK, Monster Gallery, Sydney.

He has been featured in LA Record Magazine, Juxtapoz, and Eyes Cream (Japan), Arkitip Issue No. 0005.  And has been collected by international collectors, musicians and world art leaders such as Jeffrey Deitch.


Curriculum Vitae
b. Seattle, Washington, 1973. Currently lives in Los Angeles.

M.F.A. The Cranbrook Academy

B.F.A. Graphic Design, Art Center College of Design,
Pasadena, CA (Graduated with Honors and distinction)

White Flag, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (June)

Daybreak, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (November)

The Unconsoled, Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (September)
The Mirror Stage, Cleon Peterson and Kill Pixie,
Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, Australia (August)
The Occupation, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (January)

Cleon Peterson and Kill Pixie, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA

These Friends Three, THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (February)

Postermat, The Hole, New York, NY (December)
New Image Art, Miami, Scope, Miami, FL (December)
Pure Logo, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (October)
This PLace in Time, Show & Tell, Toronto, Canada (September)

New Image Art, Miami, Art Basel, Miami, FL (December)
The Power of Selection, Part 3, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL (November)
Moniker Art Fair, New Image Art, London, England (October)
Come As You Are, Pirsm, Los Angeles, CA (July)
Inaugural Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA (March)

14 Artists, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (November)
Octopusses, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Trailblazers, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Park Life, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Poster Renaissance 2, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
VASF Gallery, Locals Only, San Francisco, CA
Scope New York, New Image Art, New York, NY
Ginger, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Art Basel, Deitch Projects, Miami Beach, FL
Aqua Art Miami, New Image Art, Miami Beach, FL
Those Damn Yanks, Leonard Street Gallery, London, UK
Mail Order Monsters, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Brodeo, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Fortmann, Sven, Interview, LoDown #69, 2010
Feature, LoDown Magazine, Art Issue Special, October, 2010
Dau, Ramsey. Interview, Anthem magazine online, May, 2009
Interview, LA Record Magazine Volume 3 issue 4, June, 2008
Gastman, Roger. Interview, Juxtapoz #85, February, 2008