Cleon Peterson

Seattle, Washington, 1973
Currently lives and works in Los Angeles

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.

Cleon Peterson Artworks

Destroying the Future

Balance of Power


Across the Black Night

The Forgotten Ones


The Imprisoned


The Hanging Tree

The Crying Voices

  • M.F.A. The Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit, MI

  • LB.F.A. Graphic Design, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (Graduated with honors & distinction)

  • Future/ Memory, Document Press

  • Paradigm magazine

  • Bomb Magazine

  • Agenda. JDS Architects. Can We Sustain Our Ability to Crisis? Actar

  • Elephant #10

  • LoDown Magazine

  • Uxtapoz Dark Arts, Gingko Press

  • Anthem Magazine

  • LA Record Magazine

  • Juxtapoz #85

  • "Live Through This," edited by Jeffrey Deitch and Kathy Grayson, Deitch Projects, New York, NY.

  • From Here On Out, Selected Graduate Works From: Cranbrook Academy of Art 2006, Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI

  • Mixing Messages, Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture, Princeton Architectural Press, NY

  • Zines, Booth-Clibborn, London

  • March Arkitip Magazine, Los Angeles

  • Dysfunctional, Booth–Clibborn, London

  • Art Alternatives Magazine, New York Post

  • I.D. Magazine, London, England