In one of the press releases for Raymond Pettibon’s exhibitions at the Sadie Coles gallery it sums his work up pretty accurately by saying: ‘the work comprises an extensive series of recent drawings which manifest his art at its most eclectic.
Densely hung across the walls, the drawings involve Pettibon’s characteristic integration of disparate imagery and fragments of handwritten text lifted and adapted from myriad sources. His style shifts fitfully within and between the works, ranging from graphic line drawing in charcoal (for instance, a rapidly crosshatched Bible) which invokes his early cartoons, to expressionistic and painterly forms executed in combinations of gouache, acrylic and crayon’.
…’Pettibon’s quotations, aphorisms and fragments of dialogue – free-floating and suspended from context – vary between bizarre interpolations and apposite subscripts. The result is a continual lurch in mood – from the sensationalist to the mundane to the absurdist to the poetically ambivalent’.
He is clearly very prolific as his work fills the enourmous gallery in Kingly Street where light blindingly streams in from the skylights in the roof.
The energy of the drawings in the space is extremely powerful. They are free flowing and expressionistic with a mix of drawing and handwritten type. His works almost seem like anti drawings…there is a rawness to them that borders on ugliness but occasionally images appear that are quite beautifully drawn.