Cleon Peterson / Shepard Fairey [ LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ]all artists
Both based out of...
Los Angeles, Cleon Peterson and Shepard Fairey have known each out since the late nineties when they both lived in San Diego, California. Cleon would later end up working for Shepard Fairey’s Los Angeles studio as a graphic designer. Having worked together in the past, collaborating on a mural together for Wynwood Walls’ 2014 program, the Art of Collaboration made a lot of sense.
The mural they created fused together concepts seen in their body of work. Both artists deal with the persistent themes of the fragility of society, human savagery, and corruption. For Fairey, his concept was part of a cautionary series about the dark side of power called Power & Glory. Peterson’s concept had to do with the fragile and often uncivilized state of civilization. For their mural outside the Walls, the dichotomy created with classic floral motifs from Fairey and Cleon’s sinister figures cautions the viewer to look deeper than an appealing surface presentation.
In addition to their wall together, Fairey has a mural in the Wynwood Walls and Peterson has one in the Wynwood Doors.