Raymond Pettibon was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1957. Though he received an economics degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1977 and briefly worked as a high school math teacher, Pettibon soon switched to art and became engaged in the Southern California punk rock scene through his comic-like drawings.
Pettibon’s ink drawings, which combine images and text, are often sharp, gritty, and strikingly honest. He embraces a wide blend of critiques of “high” and “low” American culture, commenting on topics such as marginalized youth, art history, literature, religion, and sexuality. He sometimes references cultural figures and archetypes from various times and sectors of society, including Charles Manson, surfers, the cartoon Gumby, William Faulkner, and James Joyce.
Pettibon is known for designing the album covers of many 1970s and 1980s punk rock bands, including Black Flag and Sonic Youth. He has been featured in exhibitions at David Zwirner Gallery (New York), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Tate Gallery (London). He lives and works in Hermosa Beach, California.
The artist’s work is featured in RxArt Coloring Book Between the Lines, Vol. 2.