Offspring of the 1970s Los Angeles punk scene, American artist Raymond Pettibon examines themes of religion, violence, pop culture, and sexuality through his black and white drawings and paintings. After graduating from University of California, Los Angeles, he founded the punk band Blag Flag with his brother Greg Ginn. Even though he left the band, his artistic style and endeavors remained firmly grounded in the underground music scene. Throughout the 80s, he designed album covers and flyers for Black Flag and his brother’s record label, SST Records. Influenced by a wide array of figures and subjects such as Henry James, sports, and politics, Pettibon began exhibiting his work internationally in the 1990s, including shows at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna (2006), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005) and a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1994).
“Raymond Pettibon.” David Zwirner Gallery. Davidzwirner.com, 2011. Web. 16 Nov. 2011.