Artwork details

No Title (A mother polar)
Pencil and ink on paper
9,1 x 70,5 cm
Raymond Pettibon

The American artist Raymond Pettibon is well-known for his drawings, texts and artist books. His style of expression was initially inspired by cartoon series, but is now characterized by a distinctive combination of texts and images. The textual quotes in the pictures are from the artist himself, or from authors such as Henry James, William Faulkner and Mickey Spillane.

Pettibon produces mainly monochromatic artworks with ink on paper, even though he also uses color applied with pencils, crayons and watercolor paint. His works are often exhibited collectively, as we see them here. Seen together, the drawings comment on defining features of American society, such as the baseball player and surfing. Moreover, we see the elegant arrangement of themes, where he combines themes from art history and nineteenth-century literature with references from popular culture and American politics from the 1960. By balancing text and playful motifs, Pettibon creates what he describes as "lyrical fictions".

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