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The Chaotic World of Cleon Peterson

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After seeing Cleon Peterson’s work recently in the magazine One Small Seed and I had to post a few pictures of his beautifully macabre work. Today Peterson lives with his wife and two children, working as a commercial designer by day and fine artist by night. But for over a decade; between dropping out of highschool at 15 and returning to college in 2004, Peterson lived the chaotic life he now paints. He comments:

I’d say that everyone sane sees the world through the lens of their past experiences. Living in a desperate world of addiction bring out the worst in you and in your peers… I can say that I experienced things that most haven’t in those years and that desperation makes morals and ethics very flexible.”

I love this work, and the honestly behind it. While his website is nonexistent, check out this interview for a glimpse into Peterson’s work process. You can also buy his work here.

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