top of page


"If there's any voice, it's multiple, even within the same work," - Raymond Pettibon

The world's most famous album cover by Raymond Pettibon

Artist Biography

Raymond Pettibon (unknown date in 1957 in Tuscon, Arizona, USA) is an American artist whose pen and ink drawings are admired by celebrities (e.g. actor/producer Ben Stiller) to museums (e.g. New Museum). During his childhood, he spent the majority of his life in Hermosa Beach, California. It was where he fell in love with drawing and the counterculture scene (i.e. punk). With his brother, Gregg Ginn, as one of the founders of Black Flag, Petition designed posters for band.

Despite his artistic interests, Petition studied economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated in 1977.

A vintage Black Flag poster he designed for his brother's band

Since 2009, he has been living in New York City.

Auction Results

Pettibon's No Title (But the sand...) sold for $820,000 at an auction for Christie's. Another painting, No Title (From life to...) sold for $760,000 at the same auction in 2011. Apart from being auctioned at Christie's, Pettibon's 625 watercolor drawings, 116 prints, 53 paintings and 3 sculpture-volumes (e.g. a surfboard and a water bottle) are currently listed on Art Price. In 2016, Pettibon sold 41 lots on Art Price, which led him to earning a turnover of $863,778.

Current Works on Sale

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (It tastes better...), (2013), Ink and acrylic on paper, 25 1/8 × 32 87/100 × 1 1/2 in, David Zwirner, London - New York

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (If indeed it...), (2013), Ink on paper, 30 63/100 × 26 1/2 × 1 1/2 in, David Zwirner, London - New York

Raymond Pettibon, Untitled, (2008), Mixed Media, 16 × 13 × 9 1/2 in, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert

Raymond Pettibon, Orange Sunshine, (2003), Ink on paper, 14 × 13 in, Burning in Water, New York

Selected Past Shows

Raymond Pettibon, Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 30 - July 25, 1999

Raymond Pettibon, Hard in the Paint, David Zwirner, New York, November 6 - December 18, 2010

Raymond Pettibon, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, April 23 - May 30, 2015

Current and Upcoming Shows

Raymond Pettibon - A Pen of All Work, New Museum, New York, February 8 - April 16, 2017


  • Raymond's given name was Raymond Ginn

  • He created the Black Flag logo and helped his brother create the name

  • Parodies of the Sonic Youth album cover were posted on Tumblr

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers made a music video inspired by the artist

  • He did not add color to his artwork until the 1990s

  • Petition's No Title (From life to...) was on the cover of a Christie's auction catalogue

"It's a hopeless cause to look at an artist and go into their biography," - Raymond Pettibon


bottom of page