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Above: "The Persistence of Fate", 2020, acrylic on panel, 14" x 11". See a larger version here.

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


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(We Are All) Caught in the Storm by William T. Ayton Fall 2020
(We Are All) Caught in the Storm, a new monochrome acrylic painting, will be featured in A Show of Heads (online only) exhibit, and Direct Art Magazine (online and print). More details to follow.
Ayton is currently Visiting Artist at Arizona State University, based in Tempe Arizona and (due to the ongoing pandemic) currently remotley based in Rhinebeck, NY. He is involved with creating augmented reality (AR) installations, as well as teaching (Blender & Unity) in workshops & classes. Arizona State University
New Babel Fall 2019
New Babel is an augmented reality (AR) installation in NYC during Fall 2019. For more information, please see the info page.

June 2019
The painting from the Book of Revelations, "Melt / Down" will be featured in the Limner Gallery (Hudson NY) show entitled "Meltdown" from June 14 - July 13, 2019.

Reception is Saturday June 15, 5-7pm.

Melt / Down by William T. Ayton
Seasons in the Abyss: Winter

September 2018
The new oil painting on panel, "Seasons in the Abyss: Winter" will be on show at the Limner Gallery in Hudson NY for the "Strange Figurations" show from September 6-30.

More information to follow.

Spring 2018
The poster for the book launch of Diana Ayton-Shenker's (the artist's wife) book, "A New Global Agenda" at the New School in NYC. Art by Ayton, poster design by The New School. See news item below for book details. Ayton did the cover artwork & 3 section-divider drawings for the book.
A New Global Agenda poster
A New Global Agenda Spring 2018
The small acrylic painting "It's a Small World" is on the cover of "A New Global Agenda" (Rowman & Littlefield) by Diana Ayton-Shenker (the artist's wife). The book addresses challenges facing our world & possible strategies for dealing with them.
May 2017
The 1992 UDHR Article 25 painting (Spanish version) can be seen on this poster for a symposium, "Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health" at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, which runs from May 4-5, 2017.
Article 25 on poster
Caught In The Orbit Of Power by William T. Ayton March 2017
The 2016 acrylic painting, Caught In The Orbit Of Power was on show at the Limner Gallery in Hudson NY for the "Emerging Artists" show from March 1-25, 2017. Reception was on Saturday, March 4 from 5-7pm.
April 2017
The 2010 portrait drawing of Mariah O for Julia Kay's Portrait Party is to be included in the book Portrait Revolution available around April 2017. The book will be available in both US & UK versions.
Mariah O
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.

William T. Ayton Drawings and Paintings

See Ayton's most recent works: NEW 2020 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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New Babel AR by William T. Ayton

New Babel AR is Ayton's first augmented reality (AR) installation, in NYC's Union Square Park. Initially installed as part of the New School's 100th Anniversary celebrations, it is the first in a projected series of large-scale outdoor AR installations dealing with social issues. Read more about New Babel here. Created in partnership with the New School's XReality Center.

Here is a new portfolio of Ayton's socio-political artwork (featuring the UDHR, War Room, Holocaust, and other works of a more political nature).

Image at right is "The Shootist", 2017, acrylic on board, 14" x 11".

The Shootist by Willaim T. Ayton

The Deluge by William T. AytonColossal by William T. AytonEmperor of the World by William T. Ayton

A series of 52+ paintings on the theme of apocalypse, end of days, regeneration, rise of the new world, etc. Partly inspired by the Book of Revelation by John the Divine. Ayton plans to release this body of work in some form of published (book) format. Please stay tuned for more information. See the entire series on Flickr.

Cry For Humanity by William T. AytonThey All Embrace The Leader by William T. AytonThey All Await The Hatching Of The Egg by William T. Ayton

This is a series of 24 small monochrome paintings inspired in part by recent political events around the globe, and also intended as a warning for the future. See the entire series on Flickr.

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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