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Ray­mond Pet­ti­bon’s provoca­tive work is on dis­play at MCQ Fine Art.

Bold, un­com­pro­mis­ing and im­pos­si­ble to pin down to a genre, Ray­mond Pet­ti­bon is revered as one of Amer­ica’s most unique cre­ators of con­tem­po­rary art. Now open inside Down­town’s MCQ Fine Art, a rare ex­hi­bi­tion of his unique works on pa­per and lim­ited-edi­tion prints show­cases his sig­na­ture style of pair­ing roughly hand-drawn im­agery with hu­mor­ous and macabre texts. “His style is re­ally raw and en­er­getic,” says gal­lerist Michele Quinn. “When you see his work, with his hand­writ­ing, pulling from his­tor­i­cal lit­er­ary sources and his own imag­i­na­tion, you know it’s his.” First emerg­ing dur­ing the late 1970s in the thick of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s punk rock scene, Pet­ti­bon be­gan ex­plor­ing the spec­trum of Amer­i­can life, in­clud­ing— but not lim­ited to—pol­i­tics, re­li­gion and sex­u­al­ity. Os­cil­lat­ing be­tween po­etic hu­mor and sting­ing crit­i­cism, Pet­ti­bon has now cre­ated more than 20,000 pieces, rang­ing from al­bum cover de­signs and draw­ings to large-scale in­stal­la­tions. The show, ac­com­pa­nied by a lim­it­ededi­tion litho­graph book, is a unique look into the mind of one of art’s sharpest con­tem­po­rary chron­i­clers. MCQ Fine Art, 620 S. Sev­enth St., 702.366.9339, mc­qfin­ – Spencer Lu­b­itz

“Un­ti­tled (A Kiss For the Care­ful Reader…),” is an iconic Pet­ti­bon im­age.

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