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Above: "Eternity's Pearl", 2014, acrylic on plywood, 24" x 18". See a larger version here.

All images on this site © by William T. Ayton, unless otherwise indicated.


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The Rise of the Subhumans by William T. Ayton Spring 2016
The 2012 acrylic on Kraft paper painting, The Rise of the Subhumans will be on show at the Limner Gallery in Hudson NY for the "Emerging Artists" show from March 4 to April 2, 2016. Reception is on Saturday, March 5 from 5-7pm.
Spring 2015
The University of Santa Catarina in Brazil is using the monochrome pencil & ink studies for the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) series in its online course materials. See the UDHRArt.org web site news page for further details.
UDHR Article 14
The Outsider (in Red) by William T. Ayton Fall 2014
Ayton had some new small paintings in the show "Outsider Artists of the Hudson Valley (& Friends)" at the Atwater Art Gallery, Rhinebeck NY in October 2014. To the left is the 2014 painting, "The Outsider (in Red)" which was on display with several other new works.
Summer 2014
Ayton's monochrome 2014 painting on cardboard, "The Man Who Saw the World from Inside a Protective Bubble", was at the Limner Gallery's "Strange Figurations" show from Sept. 11 to Oct. 14, 2014, in Hudson NY.
The Man Who Saw the World from Inside a Protective Bubble by William T. Ayton
Listening to Night Whistles by Tina Hacker

Spring 2014
Ayton's drawing "The Train" from his 2005 Holocaust series is featured on the cover of poet Tina Hacker's new collection, "Listening to Night Whistles" published by Aldrich Press and now available via Amazon.

open studio 2013
Open studio event, Sunday Nov. 17 from 2-4pm. Please contact us (bottom link on sidebar) for more info.
The Strange Case of the Tragic Hero Fall 2013
"The Strange Case of the Tragic Hero" monochrome acrylic painting on cardboard (at right) was on show at the Limner Gallery in the "Show of Heads", Hudson NY from Oct 24-Nov 24.
Winter 2012/13
The painting of UDHR Article 5 was featured on this new book by Italian professor Silvia Scarpa & published by UniversItalia. For more details, please click here.
Silvia Scarpa Human Rights book
Direct Art 19 Fall 2012
Ayton had a one-page feature in Direct Art magazine volume 19 (page 29) entitled "Scenes from an Impending Apocalypse" with 4 recent works represented.
Winter 2011/12
Shadow Bay, the noir visual novel with writer Donald J. Rothschild, is available now from Amazon. There was a reading at Oblong Books, Rhinebeck NY, on January 13th 2012.
Shadow Bay
The Book of Souls in Direct Art vol 18
Sept. 2011
The Book of Souls in Direct Art magazine volume 18, please click here.
William T. Ayton Drawings and Paintings

See Ayton's most recent works: NEW 2016 Gallery. For the other galleries, please see the navigation links on the left side of this and almost every page.

Welcome to the web site of British artist William T. Ayton (now resident in Rhinebeck in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York). The artist's work inhabits the interface between myth, the human condition, beauty & imagination. Ayton's art has variously been described as surrealistic, symbolist, mystical, visionary and expressionistic.

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There is a Land Beyond the Spoken Word

This is a 5-panel painting (acrylic on cardboard) depicting many of the artist's themes and concerns. You can see the individual panels as well as a higher resolution version on Flickr.

The Mind That Couldn't Stop Thinking by Willaim T. Ayton

IN HUMANITY 1991-2011
In Humanity is a series of ink drawings which was started around the same time as the UDHR series (see item below). It consists of around 36 drawings which focus on challenges and problems that the human race faces or has created for itself. The entire series, spanning a period of 20 years, can be seen on Flickr.

The Book of Souls is a collaboration with Tim Lowly (see also in news section below left) featuring portraits and other work by Ayton, with photography, art & Photoshop processing / remixing by Lowly.

The Book of Souls

UDHR Paintings
Article 12 -- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Fact sheet: click here for the UDHR project description page (printer-friendly)


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (U.D.H.R.) was signed on December 10th, 1948, by the United Nations. In 1991 & 1992, Ayton did a series of drawings and paintings based on the UDHR which have been extensively exhibited in Europe and the USA. Click the image at left or here to see the UDHR paintings, on a site created specifically to showcase them, plus the original drawings and a Spanish version of the paintings created in Seville in 1992. Please email info@ayton.net if you are interested in using the UDHR images for appropriate purposes.

For more information & news about the UDHR:


Now available from Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble, & many other fine booksellers.

Selected by Poetry.About.com as one of the Best Books of 2009. Click here for details.

Featuring poems & prose by Katz, & the cover painting ("North America's Skull") & interior ink drawings by William T. Ayton. The book is published by Narcissus Press (Jan. 2009). You can see a preview page here.

Love, War, Fire, Wind by Katz & Ayton

Hiroshima: Ground Zero


October 2007 - June 2008 -- The small painting, "Hiroshima: Ground Zero" (left), as well as several War Room studies, were in the show, "Bare Life" at the Museum on the Seam, in Jerusalem, Israel. Opening was Oct 12th, it ran until June 2008. Click here to see the invitation to the show. The show featured 42 artists from around the world, including Anselm Kiefer, Bruce Nauman, Bill Viola, Sophie Calle & William Kentridge. Curator: Raphie Etgar. Update: the Hiroshima painting apparently remained on show until February 2009.

The War Room
The War Room is an anti-war installation of four wall-sized painted panels by Ayton showing the four faces of war. We have uninstalled the two versions from sites in New York City and Poughkeepsie (September 2004).

Several of the works on this website have also been on show in exhibitions in Washington, DC & Milwaukee, WI, with more shows on the way. Visit The War Room.

The War Room

The Limner Gallery

William T. Ayton is represented in the upstate New York region by the Limner Gallery of Hudson, NY. The gallery is located at 123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534. Phone: 518-828-2343. Click here for the gallery's home page, and here for Ayton's artist page on the Limner Gallery web site.

Here is a selected gallery of published Ayton images—covers, illustrations, wine labels, and so on, collected in one place. More images will be added as they appear.

Paris / Atlantic
Cover of Paris/Atlantic literary review, 1994.

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