Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957, Tuscon, AZ) is a cult figure in the LA punk rock scene and underground zine culture. Known as a founding member of the influential punk band Black Flag, Pettibon soon left playing in the band for promoting the entire scene through his art. Pettibon’s style blends text and illustration for an instantly recognizable style, often with social and political commentary. Pettibon has been compared to the great satirists William Hogarth, Gustave Doré and Honoré Daumie and his solo exhibition history at major international museums including The New Museum, NY, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, The Netherlands, and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow is a clear demonstration of the artist’s cultural significance.
Pettibon has made printmaking a major part of his working practice and lithography his primary print media. Master Printer Phil Sanders worked with Pettibon in 2012 on a lithograph in support of Ooga Booga, an independent bookstore in Los Angeles. Pettibon has achieved international acclaim but still lives very much in the counter culture he is know for helping introduce to the world.
Pettibon is represented by the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City and regularly exhibits internationally with works in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and The Tate, London among many others. Pettibon is featured in the publication Prints and Their Makers, by Princeton Architectural Press and is the subject of several monographs.