Untitled (Soldier)

  • medium Diptych, acrylic on panel
  • edition 1
  • size 48.00w x 96.00h in
  • created 2015
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COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Additional Info: In Cleon Peterson’s anxiety-riddled world, violence is the status quo. His dystopian scenes evoke Thomas Hobbes’ description of life as war between individuals: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Many of Peterson’s paintings feature images of hostility removed from any scenery that might bring reason to bear a sense of justness to the brutality; the only context given is the mélange of evisceration coating the floor. In other works, the setting is a cityscape where storefronts only serve to indulge the base narcissism and vice taking place on the streets.