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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Europe

  • Catalogue Essay

    Raymond Pettibon’s work pulls its subject matter from the post-American Dream subcultures of punk music and surfing of his home in Los Angeles. Pettibon melds these cultures of rebellion and self-expression together with classic Americana imagery and text from many sources, from periodicals to Proust. In doing so, Pettibon’s art creates a narrative of an educated culture and its attempt to be seen and heard by non-conformist means. The outcome is a raw vision American middle-class identity.
    In his depiction of surfing and the epic wave, Pettibon creates a passing heroic moment. The surfer is, for as long as the ride lasts, the centre of the universe and the focus of the observers on the shore. This moment in the spotlight is transitory and is replaced by whoever catches the next magnificent wave. The triumph is fleeting, of course, and will soon be replaced by a yearning for another victory.

  • Artist Biography

    Raymond Pettibon

    American • 1957

    Raymond Pettibon is an American artist, well-known for his works that combine text with drawings reminiscent of comic books. Pettibon first rose to prominence in the Southern California punk rock scene of the 1980s, designing album art for his brother Greg’s band, Black Flag. Though he holds a degree in economics from UCLA, Pettibon is completely self-taught as an artist. Pettibon’s work is often political in nature, critiquing American foreign policy and his experience of American life in general. 

    The artist was the subject of a major retrospective, entitled “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work” at the New Museum in 2017. His work has been collected by the Tate Modern, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Untitled (Going with the flow)

Ink, acrylic, and watercolour on paper.
59.7 x 45.7 cm (23 1/4 x 18 in).

Signed and dated 'Raymond Pettibon '00' on the reverse.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £49,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010