Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957, Arizona) received his BA from UCLA in 1977 and has gained international reputation as a leading contemporary American artist whose work consists largely of ink on paper. Combining text, drawing, and acquired artist’s books, Pettibon’s playful work suggests violent or disturbing undertones as his extensive oeuvre explores themes ranging from pop culture to American politics to canonical art historical literature, all in the same breath.
Retrospectives of Pettibon’s work have been held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; the Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, CA. In 2002, an exhibition of his drawings was organized by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain, and traveled to the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, and the Haags Gemeentermuseum in the Netherlands. Pettibon’s work was also featured at Documenta XI in Kassell, Germany.