Long Live Death,  2015 Acrylic on canvas 33 x 51 inches

Long Live Death, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
33 x 51 inches


Cleon Peterson is an LA-based artist known for his fearless depictions of man at his worst. Void of subtlety or symbolism, his 2 dimensional figures are always presented mid-conflict - raping, pillaging, and murdering. Little to no context or motivation is given for the senseless acts of his characters; however, changing physiques (and accessories) over recent years give hints that reference deviations in time; previous works feature fully clothed men with guns and police officers with batons, while his newest pieces display men in loincloths swinging prehistoric spears. What unites them is the propensity towards violence, ego and self-indulgence that has been a defining characteristic of ‘civilization’ since early man. 

Inspired by Leon Golub, Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, Peterson is drawn to the subtexts considered when faced with violence, abuse of power and perversion - the psychological motivation for brutality, and the sociological forces that harbor a climate of anger and disorder. His paintings depict both debaucherous city scenes and intimate battles, contrasting mob mentality with eye-for-an-eye vengeance. “Everything I do is a reaction to the world we live in,” Peterson says. “I’m always thinking about what’s going on inside and outside of our country, between race, power and religion. I think there are huge problems in the world that have been going on forever and people have good reasons to be angry and seek change.” Peterson’s work is stylistically minimal, focusing on form, two-dimensionality and a limited palette of black, white, red and neutrals. 

In 2016, Peterson was selected to create the first mural ever at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Titled Endless Sleep, the project was in participation with Nuit Blanche 2016 and curated by Palais de Tokyo and Jean de Loisy. Peterson is a graduate of the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

B. 1973, Seattle, Washington; based in Los Angeles

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Selected Group Exhibitions

Lock Route – Gillman Barracks | SG
Over the Influence – Art Stage Singapore 2017 | SG

Work in Progress – Gastman | New York, USA
Agents Provocateurs – Subliminal Projects | Los Angeles, USA

Lasco Project – Palais de Tokyo | Paris, FR

Direct Address: An Inaugural Group Exhibition – Joshua Liner Gallery | New York, USA

These Friends Three – THIS Gallery | Los Angeles, USA
Summer Group Exhibition – Joshua Liner Gallery | New York, USA

Postermat- The Hole | New York, USA
New Image Art Miami – Scope | Miami, USA
Pure Logo – New Image Art | Los Angeles, USA
Public Domaine – La Gaîté Lyrique | Paris, FR

Come as you Are – Prism Gallery | Los Angeles, USA
New Image Art – Art Basel | Miami, USA
The Power of Selection – Part 3 (Western Exhibitions) | Chicago, USA
Moniker Art Fair – New Image Art | London, UK

August Group Exhibition – Joshua Liner Gallery | New York, USA
14 Artists – New Image Art | Los Angeles, USA
Trailblazers – Boutwell Draper Gallery | Syndey, AU
Poster Renaissance 2 – New Image Art | Los Angeles, USA
Locals Only – VASF Gallery | San Francisco, USA
Ginger – New Image Art | Los Angeles, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Victory – Galerie Du Jour | Paris, FR
KIAF – Over the Influence Gallery | Seoul, KR

The Judgment – Plus One | Antwerp, NL
Purity – Over the Influence Gallery | HK
Art 16 – Over the Influence Gallery | London, UK
Art Stage Singapore 2017 – Over the Influence Gallery | SG

Poison – Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA

End of Days – New Image Art Gallery | Los Angeles, USA

There is a War - The Outsiders | London, UK

The Brinksman - Guerrero Gallery | San Francisco, USA

White Flag - Joshua Liner Gallery | New York, USA

Daybreak - New Image Art | Los Angeles, USA

Untitled - New Image Art | Los Angeles, USA
The Unconsoled - A.L.I.C.E. Gallery | Brussels, BE
The Mirror Stage - Monster Children Gallery | Sydney, AU
The Occupation - New Image Art | Los Angeles, USA