Dive Fearlessly Into The Provocative World Of Contemporary Artist Cleon Peterson

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While some might shy away from the violent themes to be found within the work of Cleon Peterson, there is a beauty to not only his striking visuals, but also his unwavering honesty. Who, after-all, could be better to take us on a spectacular tour of our cultural demons than someone who endured a mighty battle with their own, and came out triumphant? Peterson displays mastery of a phenomenal visual style, while drawing upon his own struggles and successes to help us connect with the complexities of our species. The results are powerful, emotive, and often provocative, but they create space for brave dialog, and courage to grow towards something better.

An Unwavering Eye For Injustice

Where other artists may hint at humanity’s flaws, Peterson strikes at them head on. His work serves as both criticism of, and commentary on, issues ranging from social injustice to corruption, ego, and geopolitical turmoil. This is achieved through direct representation – be it in highly stylized forms. In Cleon Peterson’s world, there is no beating about the bush.

Visually, Peterson’s creations echo a heady blend of WWII era graphic design, Greco-Roman motifs, and even the stylized figures and bold color-play of French painter Henri Matisse. He moves fluidly between dimensions, producing works for the page, and creating vast print and sculpture installation pieces. Many of his creations depict violent acts, confronting the viewer with the conflicting experiences of horror and aesthetic attraction. The human power-struggle is core to Peterson’s catalog, be it between genders, races, social classes, or simply hulking masculine forms. Through it all, fluid line and flawless composition draw the viewer in, and ask them to step into reflection unarmored, and unafraid.

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