Raymond Pettibon's drawings intermix image and text to explore pop and commercial culture's visual articulation. The artist incorporates language from classic texts and mass media alongside a wide spectrum of American iconography, including: literature, art history, philosophy, religion, politics, sports and alternative youth culture. Pettibon’s drawing practice harkens back to the traditions of satire and social critique in the work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century artists and caricaturists—while reinforcing the importance of the medium within contemporary art and culture today.
Raymond Pettibon was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1957. The artist received a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977.
Solo exhibitions of Pettibon's work have taken place internationally, including at: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Museion in Bolzano, Italy; and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Spain; among others. The artist's work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions, including at: MoMA in New York City; the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France; and the Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin, Germany; among others.
Pettibon's work is in the collections of numerous institutions, including: the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Tate Gallery in London, UK; MoMA in New York City; the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Spain; and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France; among others.
Pettibon lives and works in New York City.