Raymond Pettibon is an L.A. artist based in New York.

Pettibon recently had a show at The Journal Gallery in Downtown Manhattan. His solo show was curated by Sozita Goudouna and featured the cartoon character, Gumby. 


Raymond wearing the Forest Green Blazer from YALI Core Collection
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Pettibon’s show was curated by Sozita Goudouna. The solo show featured a signature cartoon character of Pettibon’s, Gumby. 

Raymond Pettibon’s (b. 1957) influential oeuvre engages a wide spectrum of American iconography variously pulled from literature, art history, philosophy, religion, politics, sports, and alternative youth culture, among other sources. Intermixing image and text, his drawings engage the visual rhetorics of pop and commercial culture while incorporating language from mass media as well as classic texts by writers such as William Blake, Marcel Proust, John Ruskin, and Walt Whitman. 

Your name
Raymond Pettibon

Your current location
New York City, Seaport

Your favorite pastime
The Andy Griffith show and River Monsters

Something you like
Taking a walk on the East River and/or Brooklyn Bridge

Something you dislike
I try not to dislike anything

Your defining characteristic
I don’t know

What would someone close to you say your defining characteristic is
Ask them

Your favorite artist
There are too many, let's not start there

Favorite word or phrase
My huckleberry friend

What aspect of your work is most important to you
The struggle, the process of getting there

Who do you admire the most and why
Well, it is not the Dalai Lama

Your worst habits
Perhaps you have to ask other people

The first thing you think of in the morning
I don’t know

What have you always wanted to do and have not done
It is not about accomplishments and getting things done

Your best decision
I don’t know

Your worst decision
Getting to the window past post time

Your favorite street and why
Raymond Avenue

What made you become the person you are
I don’t know

Something that you treasure
I don’t know

What would the child you once were think of the adult you have become
I don’t know, I didn’t live life approaching goals and attaining them

Your greatest fear
Heights, sickness and death


Pictures and Text courtesy of The Journal Gallery


“All I am really asking is for you to look at Gumby with the same kind of respect that you would if it was some historical figure or Greek statue” - Pettibon