portrait shot of artist Cleon Peterson holding a paint brush

Cleon Peterson

Frenzied scenes of savagery with a side of social critique.

“There’s some fucked up shit out there, and it’s better to talk about it and confront it than to ignore it.”

Cleon Peterson depicts never-ending battles as social commentary. Hulky warriors fight against blank backdrops and sometimes sprawl across city streets. Painted in acrylic, the colour palette is dramatic – made up mostly of black, white, yellow and red. Imagery is bold, crisp and hard-edged. This style draws from a range of influences. In particular Ancient Greek vases and the artist's past-profes...

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Cleon Peterson (he/him) was born in 1973 in Seattle, Washington, and now lives and works in Los Angeles.

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As a child, Peterson was frequently hospitalised due to asthma. He would pass the time by drawing which fueled his passion for art. These experiences introduced him to heavy topics which still inform his practice today. Namely, mortality and anger.


Peterson’s work is collected by a wide range of collectors – from art world staples like Jeffrey Deitch to celebrities like Usher.

Collaborations with Cleon Peterson