Kristen Peyton

Kristen Peyton, From the Mennonite Church, 2020, Oil on canvas, 31 x 28 inches
Kristen Peyton, From the Mennonite Church, 2020, Oil on canvas, 31 x 28 inches

About

Kristen Peyton is a painter of color and light. She paints poetic moments discovered in her lived environs of home, nature, and community. She works from direct observation, imbuing her paintings with site-specific atmosphere and painterly breath.

Peyton earned a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a resident of Richmond, Virginia. She works as the Gallery Director and Curator of the Flippo Gallery at Randolph-Macon College. 

Artist Statement

My work is a gesture of hospitality. It is an invitation into the profound presence of a chosen visual moment. I offer to my viewer the gift of “eternal timefullness.” Artist and writer, Makoto Fujimura, speaks of eternal timefullness in his book Refractions: “A timeful experience is given when our minds are allowed to fully respond to the senses… It’s what William Blake, the eighteenth-century poet, meant when he wrote, ‘To see a world in a grain of sand, / And a heaven in a wildflower, / Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, / And eternity in an hour.’” Through my work I offer an attentive lens of captured light, time, and space. As if composing a haiku, I structure my work with poignant simplicity. I play on canvas in paint, tottering between abstraction and resolution.  And with each piece, I hope to invite my viewer to pause, enter the created space of my works, stay a while, and experience something of the visual abundance of our world. 

Solo Exhibitions

2021         Solo show, Quirk Gallery, Charlottesville, VA (upcoming)
2019         Presence, Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA, with formal Artist Talk
2019         Out my Window, Dwell Fine Art, The Plains, VA
2018         The Function of Light, Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, catalog essay by Elizabeth Mead
2018         Resonance, Lauren Kindle Studio and Gallery, Easton, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020         Points of View, Dwell Fine Art, Washington, VA (upcoming)
2020         Benefit Invitational 2020, Mount Gretna School of Art, Mount Gretna, PA
2019         Prelude, Lancaster Galleries, Lancaster, PA
2019         Small Wonders, Dwell Fine Art, The Plains, VA
2019         Inspired by Nature: The Collection of Cheryl Dillard, Artists Collect Series, VMFA Studio School,
Richmond, VA
2019         Uneven Paving Stones, Biola University, La Miranda, CA
2018         Art at Kings Oaks, Kings Oaks, Newtown, PA
2018         100 Years of Women at W&M, Andrews Gallery, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2018         Juried Exhibition, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY (Juror: John Yau, poet, art critic, and essayist)
2018         Juried Exhibition, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY (Juror: Betty Cuningham, director of Betty
Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY)
2017         A Celebration of Female Artists, Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, VA
2017         National Juried Exhibition 2017, Oxford Art Alliance, Oxford, PA (Juror: Tom Padon, Director of the
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chads Ford, PA), received First Place Juror’s Prize
2017         MASTER PIECES, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2017          MFA Thesis Show, The Museum of Art, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2016         National Juried Exhibition 2016, Oxford Art Alliance, Oxford, PA (Juror: Jennifer Samet, Co-director of
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY)
2016         MFA National Competition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY (Juror: Lance Esplund, Art Critic at the Wall
Street Journal, New York, NY)
2015         Fresh 2015, Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga, TN
2015         Emerging Artists 2015, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT
2014         Untitled I, Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, VA
2014         MSGoA Summer Exhibition, Mount Gretna School of Art, Mount Gretna, PA
2012         Senior Art Exhibition, Andrews Gallery, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Honors and Awards

2017         First Place Juror’s Prize, National Juried Exhibition 2017, Oxford Art Alliance, Oxford, PA
2016         Diversity Recognition Award, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, The College of William and
Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2015         Elizabeth Jones Award, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2012         Excellence in Studio Work Concentrating in Two-Dimensions, The College of William and Mary,
Williamsburg, VA
2011         Monroe Scholar, The Charles Center, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
(Financial support to implement creative research in Managua, Nicaragua)

Education

2017         MFA in Painting, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2012         BA in Painting and Latin American Studies, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Residencies

2020          Visiting Critic and Four Pillars Resident, Mount Gretna School of Art, Mount Gretna, PA, with formal
Artist Talk
2017         The Jerusalem Studio School, Masterclass with painter Susan Jane Walp, Civita Castellana, Italy
2016         The International Center for the Arts, Residency with painter Martha Armstrong, Monte Castello di
Vibio, Italy
2015         Mount Gretna School of Art, Intensive Program with Brian Rego, Catherine Drabkin, Stephanie Pierce, and Mark Lewis, Mount Gretna, PA