Joshua Petker

Drawing inspiration from historical works, which are intentionally kept anonymous, Joshua Petker’s paintings rely instead on their ability to evoke the familiar and uncanny, teasing and tantalizing. Rather than draw specific conclusions from these juxtapositions, his work unleashes an exhilarating proliferation of meanings and pictorial puzzles. The artist offers the history of art and visual culture reshuffled—Picabia, Bronzino, soviet era cartoons. Petker makes these his own and the outcome is a timeless dreamlike mix of perspective and emotionality.

Joshua Petker (b. 1979, Los Angeles, CA) completed his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2015 and his BFA at Evergreen State College in 2002. He has exhibited his work recently at La Loma Projects, Pasadena, CA; ASHES/ASHES, New York, NY; Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; and ACME, Los Angeles, CA. Petker lives and works in Los Angeles.

EXHIBITIONS

The Flirt, May 10 – June 5, 2021

Joshua Petker

1979
Born in Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education

2015
MFA CalArts, Valencia, CA
2002
BA The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021
The Flirt, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2019
4 Works, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Lisa Kehler Projects, Santa Monica, CA
2017
Here Comes the Waiting For the Sun, Monte Vista Projects, Highland Park, CA
2015
Some Hippies and a Hobo, ASHES/ASHES, Los Angeles, CA
2014
Support Systems, 2A Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013
Drunk on the Moon, Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012
Adrift, LeBasse Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

2021
Stockholm Sessions, Carl Kostyál Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
All of Sudden, Galeria Mascota, Aspen, CO
Good Company: The Remix, Anat Ebgi, curated by Anat Ebgi & Paul Schimmel, Los Angeles, CA
2020
So Far, LaLoma Projects, Pasadena, CA
2019
Dark Mode 2014-2019, ASHES/ASHES, New York, NY
Freshly Cut and Softly Bound, Vacation Gallery, New York, NY
2015
Hay Nap, Secret Recipe, Los Angeles, CA
Art.MFA.15, curated by Sarah Leher-Graiwer, Los Angeles, CA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Face It, Full Haus, Silverlake, CA
2012
About Face, ACME. Gallery, curated by Daniel Weinberg, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Press

2021
Malone, Tyler. "Joshua Petker." Artforum. May 19. (Link)
"The Flirt." Whitewaller. May.
Pingel, Maile. "SAVE THE DATE “PURPLE PAINTINGS” AT ANAT EBGI." Luxe. May.
Bogojev, Sasha. "The Flirt: A Conversation With Joshua Petker." April 28. (Link)
2015
Knight, Christopher. "Review: Disrupting the conventional at Joshua Petker’s Ashes/Ashes." Los Angeles Times. August 12.
Plenge, Sharsten. "Last Look: Some Hippies And A Hobo." Woah. September 13.

Joshua Petker

BIOGRAPHY

CV

Joshua Petker Green Preparation, 2021
Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Green Preparation, 2021
Detail
Joshua Petker Green Preparation, 2021
Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker The Flower Carrier, 2021
Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker The Flower Carrier, 2021
Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker The Flower Carrier, 2021
Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Orange Crossing, 2021
Oil on linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Green Seat, 2021
Oil on linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Pleading in Blue, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Pleading in Blue, 2021
Detail
Joshua Petker Blue Goblet, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Blue Tie, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Red Book, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Making Purple, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Blue Rug, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Blue Gaze, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Blue Stairway, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Blue Stairway, 2021
Detail
Joshua Petker Red Song, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Red Song, 2021
Detail
Joshua Petker Blue Peer, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Purple Party, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 36 x 36 inches / 91.4 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Blue Dream, 2021
Oil and acrylic on linen 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Purple Corner, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 inches / 91.4 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Good Company: The Remix, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Joshua Petker A New Right Shoe, 2020
Acrylic on Linen 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Joshua Petker Blue Flowers, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Inside Outside, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Green Song, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Joshua Petker Autumn Dawn, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm

BIOGRAPHY

Drawing inspiration from historical works, which are intentionally kept anonymous, Joshua Petker’s paintings rely instead on their ability to evoke the familiar and uncanny, teasing and tantalizing. Rather than draw specific conclusions from these juxtapositions, his work unleashes an exhilarating proliferation of meanings and pictorial puzzles. The artist offers the history of art and visual culture reshuffled—Picabia, Bronzino, soviet era cartoons. Petker makes these his own and the outcome is a timeless dreamlike mix of perspective and emotionality.

Joshua Petker (b. 1979, Los Angeles, CA) completed his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2015 and his BFA at Evergreen State College in 2002. He has exhibited his work recently at La Loma Projects, Pasadena, CA; ASHES/ASHES, New York, NY; Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; and ACME, Los Angeles, CA. Petker lives and works in Los Angeles.

EXHIBITIONS

The Flirt, May 10 – June 5, 2021

CV

Joshua Petker

1979
Born in Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education

2015
MFA CalArts, Valencia, CA
2002
BA The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021
The Flirt, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2019
4 Works, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Lisa Kehler Projects, Santa Monica, CA
2017
Here Comes the Waiting For the Sun, Monte Vista Projects, Highland Park, CA
2015
Some Hippies and a Hobo, ASHES/ASHES, Los Angeles, CA
2014
Support Systems, 2A Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013
Drunk on the Moon, Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012
Adrift, LeBasse Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

2021
Stockholm Sessions, Carl Kostyál Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
All of Sudden, Galeria Mascota, Aspen, CO
Good Company: The Remix, Anat Ebgi, curated by Anat Ebgi & Paul Schimmel, Los Angeles, CA
2020
So Far, LaLoma Projects, Pasadena, CA
2019
Dark Mode 2014-2019, ASHES/ASHES, New York, NY
Freshly Cut and Softly Bound, Vacation Gallery, New York, NY
2015
Hay Nap, Secret Recipe, Los Angeles, CA
Art.MFA.15, curated by Sarah Leher-Graiwer, Los Angeles, CA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Face It, Full Haus, Silverlake, CA
2012
About Face, ACME. Gallery, curated by Daniel Weinberg, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Press

2021
Malone, Tyler. "Joshua Petker." Artforum. May 19. (Link)
"The Flirt." Whitewaller. May.
Pingel, Maile. "SAVE THE DATE “PURPLE PAINTINGS” AT ANAT EBGI." Luxe. May.
Bogojev, Sasha. "The Flirt: A Conversation With Joshua Petker." April 28. (Link)
2015
Knight, Christopher. "Review: Disrupting the conventional at Joshua Petker’s Ashes/Ashes." Los Angeles Times. August 12.
Plenge, Sharsten. "Last Look: Some Hippies And A Hobo." Woah. September 13.