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Ondre C. Pettingill

(Clifford) Ondre Pettingill was born in Gardena, California in 1952. His oils and mixed-media subjects are often "pop" realistic in nature, indebted to photography, and also have social, political, and satirical overtones in his work

Pettingill studied at Utah State University and the Pratt Institute, he has also worked at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City. He does computer graphics, book design, and professional illustrations.

Pettingill spent his first nineteen years in California. After living in Peru for two years he moved to Utah, and later he moved to New York. In 1993 he left New York City and returned to Utah. Since returning his work has been exhibited at numerous galleries throughout Utah.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah and material supplied by the artist.

Pettingill spent his first nineteen years in California. After living in Peru for two years he moved to Utah and attended Utah State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then moved to New York City and worked at the Whitney Museum of Art where, for three years, he was exposed to some of the finest contemporary art in the world. Ondre states about the experience, “My whole art outlook changed! I felt free to think and express the ideas and feelings I had inside me.“

In 1993 he left New York City and returned to Utah. Since returning his work has been exhibited at numerous galleries throughout Utah. Pettingill comments about his work, “I enjoy painting the 'Commoners' of life; figurative work of the average, the blue-collar worker. I feel my trade as a painter is on that same level. Therefore, I can relate to them and I can feel them in my paint and on my canvas. I look for the different, the non-staged, and the candid in my subjects and compositions. It does not matter whether I work from life of the referential. I will change my colors according to my mood and the mood of the subject I want to portray.“

Biography courtesy of the artist.

Newspaper Articles

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, October 12, 1997.

"Be Sure To Pack Your Brain For This 'Long, Strange Trip." The Deseret News, November 1, 1995.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 28, 2002.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 17, 2000.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 8, 1998.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, October 12, 1997.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 12, 1997.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 12, 1995.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, September 17, 2000.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, April 28, 2002.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, October 13, 1995.

Book

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

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