American (b. 1938)
Richard Pettibone is known for creating miniature versions of many well known art icons which have included Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Duchamp, Frank Stella and many others. He reduced the works in size to be the size they might be reproduced in a magazine.
He attended the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and received his MFA in 1962. Pettibone’s paintings and sculptures are miniature replicas of many famous artists whose work ironically was replicated as well. Questions regarding this issue have been raised about authorship, craftsmanship, and the original pieces of art and are still being debated today. Ken Johnson stated in The New York Times, “There is a comical asymmetry between his efforts and theirs, but also something mysterious, as if his were made for a voodoo dollhouse.”
Richard Pettibone is currently based in New York and his work has been exhibited at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami and the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA.