Cleon Peterson’s composition evokes the heritage of Greco-Roman antiquity, with a scene depicting a combat which will be activated by the motion of the sea and the winds, bringing together the struggle of the artist, who experienced the chaos of the street before changing horizons thanks to art, and the beauty of the skipper’s struggle as he confronts the extra-urban territory of the sea and the elements.
After being raised on the fringes of society, Cleon Peterson (born in 1973, lives in Los Angeles) transferred his studio practice to the public space in 2013, by painting huge compositions on the walls of Los Angeles and across the world. In his frescoes with their contrasting colours, disorder and impulsions run riot in confrontational scenes. In particular, the artist convokes the heritage of classical Greek vases, which he updates thanks to his past spent on the street, underground cultures and contemporary images. He is represented by the galerie du jour agnès b. (Paris).
This is the third time that Palais de Tokyo has invited Cleon Peterson, after the mural Power which he created as part of the Lasco Project at Palais de Tokyo in 2014 and Endless Sleep, a 700m2 painting produced on the forecourt of the Eiffel Tower as part of the Nuit Blanche 2016.
A decoration produced by Jean-Baptiste Epron following an original work, specifically conceived for this project by Cleon Peterson.
Curator: Hugo Vitrani