Cleon Peterson

Cleon Peterson, °1973, Seattle, Washington

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.

“I think that the world and people’s motives are exceedingly complex and what seems heroic and just on one side is often the opposite on the other.”

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.

The Marcher, 2016, Fiberglass finished with automotive lacquer paint, 230 x 89 x 132 cm
Bleed Into The Night 2015 Black and white acrylic paint on natural canvas 55.9x76.2cm
Flesh of the Wicked 2015 Black and white acrylic paint on natural canvas 91,4x91,4cm
Dust 2015 Black and white acrylic on natural canvas 55.9x76.2cm