About

Overview
Born | 1955  New York City
Lives and Works | East Hampton, NY

Contact: peter@peterdayton.com

Education
1988 | Master Workshop of Fine Arts, Southampton, New York
1979 | BFA, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
1979 | Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
1975 | Video Workshop with Nam June Paik, RIT, Rochester, NY
1974 | Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland
1973 | School Year Abroad, Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Rennes, Fran

Biography
Peter Dayton emerged on the art scene in the early 1990s and is best known for his flower collages and witty surfboard paintings. He uses the language of Pop art to reference commodity culture, appropriating images and stripping them of their meaning: ”I see them as color, shape, pattern,” says Dayton. Commenting on their artifice and exploiting the way commercial images remove subjects from the realm of reality, Dayton's flowers act as a vessel for his exploration of style.

For Dayton, careers in art and music have always overlapped. During his studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston he became the lead singer in the band La Peste. Deeply influenced by the punk rock scene, Dayton soon left for France, where he established his own New Wave band, landed a record deal, performed with the Cars, and became a lip-synch singer on French TV.

Returning to the U.S. in 1989, Dayton returned to art-making, welcoming the more leisurely lifestyle of studio production. Reminiscing on his punk rock days, Dayton notes that ”We did cutout lettering, ransom-note style, like the Sex Pistols,” referencing how his artistic background continued to influence his music. Indeed, much like his music, his floral collages are bright, bold, and loud.

Public and Corporate Collections

Guild Hall , East Hampton NY
Chanel USA, New York, NY
Chanel Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Greenpoint Bank, Brooklyn, NY
Phillip Morris & Co., New York, NY
RNR Corporation, New York, NY
Teleflora, Los Angeles, CA
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

Solo Exhibitions
2014 | Peter Dayton, Anarchy in My Head | Winston Wachter, New York, NY
2013 | Surf Shop | Neoteric Fine Art, Amagansett, NY
2012 | rocknrollshrink | fordProject, New York, NY
2011 | Surfboards by Clement Greenberg | Weber Fine Art, Greenwich, CT
2010 | Beginning of an Era | John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz, East Hampton, NY
2008 | Black Boards White Chicks Part II | Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY
2007 | Black Boards, White Chicks | John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz, New York, NY
2006 | Surfboards by Clement Greenberg | Winston Wachter, New York, NY
2006 | P-111 | Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, NY
2004 | New Work | The Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2004 | Pop Goes Nantucket | The Seven Seas, Nantucket, MA
2004 | Dear Mr. Grey | The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY
2002 | Devin Borden | Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2002 | Winston Wachter Mayer, NY
2002 | The Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2000 | Greetings From Pleasantville | Winston Wachter Mayer, New York, NY
2000 | New Work | Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
1996 | Morris Healy Gallery, New York, NY
1995 | small paintings | Paul Morris Gallery , New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Blah Blossom 171 Elizabeth Street New York, NY

2017 | Parrish Perspectives | New Works from the Permanent Collection Parrish Art Museum Southampton NY
2015 | X Contemporary | Miami Basel | Willoughby Advisory
2015 | She Sells Sea Shells By The Seashore | Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2014 | One Way | Peter Marino, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
2014 | Please Enter | Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody | Franklin Parrasch Gallery , New York, NY
2014 | Project No. 8 at Grey East | Grey Area at Glenn Horowitz, East Hampton, NY
2012 | Open for the Stones | Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY
2012 | Sound Quality | Grey Area, New York
2012 | rocknrollshrink | Paul Kasmin Pop Up, Miami Basel
2011 | Nose Job | Eric Firestone, East Hampton, NY
2011 | rocknrollshrink | Local 87, East Hampton, NY
2011 | Local 87 | Local 87, East Hampton, NY
2011 | January White Sale | Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2011 | Surfboards by Clement Greenberg | Weber Fine Art, Greenwich, CT
2011 | Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven | Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio and Bennington College, catalogue
2011 | Flag Day | Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
2010 | Still Life | Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum
2010 | Swell art 1950-2010 | Metro Pictures, Fredrich Petzel, NyeHaus, New York, NY
2010 | Peter Saville: Accessories To An Artwork | Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
2010 | Think Pink | Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL
2010 | Accessories to a Plinth | Glenn Horowitz, East Hampton, NY
2009 | Mixed Greens: Artists Choose Artists | Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
2007 | The Crown Jewels | Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY
2007 | The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY
2007 | What’s Your Hobby? | Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody | Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
2006 | The Food Show: The Hungry Eye | Chelsea Art Museum , NY
2006 | The Garden on Paper | The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY
2005 | Alive and Kicking, Six Feet Under | Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
2005 | Affinities | The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY
2004 | Fresh Paint | Hampton Road Gallery, Southampton, NY
2004 | Six at Glenn Horowitz | Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
2003 | Genomic Issue(s) | Santa Barbara Museum of Art at CUNY Graduate Art Center, New York, NY
2002 | Catch of the Day | Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
2002 | Systems of Nature | Devin Borden Hiram Butler, Houston, TX
2002 | Flora | Cook Fine Art, New York, NY
2002 | The Insane Lords of Love | AE Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2002 | Revealing Nature | Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
2001 | Global Village | Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
1999 | Souvenirs: Collecting, Memory and Material Culture | Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
1999 | Black & White | Malca Fine Art, New York, NY
1998 | Blooming | Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY
1997 | Liste ’97 Art Fair | Basel, Switzerland
1997 | Gramercy International | Chateau Marmont, Morris Healy Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997 | American Art Today: The Garden (catalog) | Florida International University Art Museum, Miami, FL
1997 | Gramercy International | Morris Healy Gallery, Miami, FL
1997 | Glorious Gardens | Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
1996 | Liste ’96 Art Fair | Morris Healy Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
1996 | In Bloom (catalogue) | Jersey Center for the Arts, Summit, NJ
1995 | Group Exhibition | Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA
1995 | Gramercy International Art Fair | Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
1995 | Inaugural Exhibition | Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
1994 | small paintings | Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
1994 | Desire | Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
1994 | Gramercy International Art Fair | Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
1994 | Rhythm Bouquet | 555 Broome Street, New York, NY
1994 | 34th Juried Exhibition | Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
1994 | New from New York | Montgomery Glasoe Fine Art, Minneappolis, MN
1993 | Renee Fotouhi Fine Art East, East Hampton, NY
1992 | Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1991 | Sotavento, Caracas, Venezuel

Selected Commissions
2013 | Le 68 Guy Martin, Guerlain, 68 Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
2013 | Grey Area, “Wallflowers,” Design Collective, New York, NY

Bibliography
2014, November | “Queen Bee, The House of Guerlain Celebrates the 160th Anniversary of the Bee Bottle” | C.F., Styling Magazine
2013, June 19 | “No Shrinking Violets Here” | Arlene Hirst, The New York Times
2013, September | Mark Rozzo, Town and Country, pg 78
2011, July 21 | “Not That Kind of Nose Job” | Randy Kennedy, The New York Times
2011, August 1 | “Discarded Warplanes Become Art on LI” | Marissa Cox, Newsday
2010, July 23 | “When Artists And Surfers Were Best Buddies” | Roberta Smith, The New York Times
2009, May 31 | “Artists Picking The Artists” | Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times
2008, June | “Waxing Poetic” | Taylor Antrim, ForbesLife
2008  December 25 | Black Boards, White Chicks Combo | Wendy Jacobson, East Hampton Star
2007, February 2 | The Food Show: “The Hungry Eye” | Megan Heuer, ARTnews
2005, Spring | ‘’Coco in Tokyo’’ | Surface Magazine
2004, November | “Talking Fashion” | Norwich Notes by William Norwich, Vogue
2004, July 11 | “Beautiful and No Water Required” | Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times
2004, July 8 | “More Than Just Pretty Pictures” | Eric Ernst, The Southampton Press
2003, February/March | Feature Article | Elle Décor
2002, October 10 | “15 at Horowitz” | Robert Long, East Hampton Star
2002 | “Unframed: Artists Respond to Aids” | Sotheby’s and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Powerhouse Books
2002 | “Studios By the Sea” | Jonathan Becker and Bob Colacello, Abrams
2002, March 7 | “Naughty and Nice Valentines” | Robert Long, East Hampton Star
2001, January 7 | “The Things that Flesh Falls Vulnerable To” | Phyllis Braff, The New York Times
2001, May 3 | “From the Studio” | Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star
2001, May 10 | “A Global Village of Contemporary Artists...” | Pat Rogers, The Southampton Press
2001, May 13 | “A Global Village” | Phyllis Braff, The New York Times
2000, May 21 | “The Garden Path” | William Norwich, The New York Times Magazine
2000, August | “Hamptons by the Brush” | Bob Colacello, Vanity Fair
2000, August 14 | “Galleries Uptown” | Edel Rodriguez, The New Yorker
2000, December 7 | “From the Studio” | Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star
2000, December 28 | “A Flower Power Collagist” | Ilene Roizman, The East Hampton Star
1997, January 5 | “Art Miami ’97: Gramercy Shine Cultural Spotlight” | The Miami Herald
1997, June 6 | “Finding Fresh Images in an Evergreen Subject” | The New York Times
1996, November | “City Guide” | Vogue, Index
1996, December | “Morris Healy Gallery” | Penthouse, Japan