Meet Energy Painter Cleon Peterson

meet an artist mondayCleon Peterson makes putting, graphic artwork illustrating and narrating the darkish energy dynamics that permeate, manipulate and compromise society. With aggressively blank traces, stylization that invokes classical mythology, boulevard artwork, branding, and state-sponsored propaganda, and a saturated palette of inky black, blood pink, and chapel white, Peterson blends non-public revel in with scuffling with demons into haunting portraits and chaotic scenes of injustice and depravity. His high-energy works are vigorous and demise, violence and disruption; however the compositions have the deliberative presence of icons, allegories, and logos — and increasingly more a way of reflective wit, darkish humor as a coping technique. How are atypical other folks so monstrous? How is monstrosity so gorgeous? Are we the great guys or the unhealthy guys? Peterson’s latest display is now open in New York at albertz benda.

Cleon Peterson: Blinded via the Mild, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 inches (Courtesy of albertz benda. Photograph: Aaron Farley)

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you had been an artist?

CLEON PETERSON: I at all times drew. I used to be at all times in poor health and stranded at house as a child, and that’s after I began dedicating a large number of time to it.


What’s your quick resolution to those who ask what your paintings is set?

Energy, belief, and violence.

Cleon Peterson: Pay attention You Fuckers, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 14 inches (Courtesy of albertz benda. Photograph: Aaron Farley)

What would you be doing if you happen to weren’t an artist?

Wow, who is aware of. Perhaps a drug addict operating round at the streets, or a financial institution robber, or a door-to-door bible salesman.


Did you cross to artwork faculty? Why/Why now not?

I did! Love artwork faculty, an excellent spot to seek out different artists and spot what they’re fascinated with and what the arena is considering.

Cleon Peterson: In Your Palms, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 18 inches (Courtesy of albertz benda. Photograph: Aaron Farley)

Why do you are living and paintings in L.A. and now not in different places?

The solar shines in Los Angeles, and there may be area for me right here.


When used to be your first display?

My first used to be in 2007 in Los Angeles on the well-known New Symbol Artwork.


When is/used to be your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or mission?

I’m in New York now to open my new display Mr. Sinister at albertz benda.


What artist residing or lifeless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with?

Hmm. It’d be fascinating to do a display with my brother Leigh LeDare. We grew up in the similar area, having the similar residing studies however other interpretations of our studies. I feel that would make an exhilarating display.

Cleon Peterson: Brotherhood, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 14 inches (Courtesy of albertz benda. Photograph: Aaron Farley)

Do you pay attention to track when you paintings? If this is the case, what?

I do: John Cale, Mark Lanegan, Portugal the Guy, Randy Newman — an unending listing.


Web site and social media handles:

IG: @cleonpeterson

Twitter: @cleonpeterson

Cleon Peterson: Stubbed Toe, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 14 inches (Courtesy of albertz benda. Photograph: Aaron Farley)

Updated: March 21, 2022 — 3:22 pm