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Patrick Guyton, an artist of sophisticated simplicity, has developed his own unique style of imagery using the substrate of Japanese leafing as part of his medium.He created a new style on gold and silver leaf with influences from Japanese Kamakura period, combined with the glazing technique of Flemish Masters.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1964, Guyton had the groundwork set for his artistic career at the age of 6, under the guidance of his father, Michael Guyton, an award winning fine and commercial artist and his mother, Anita Guyton, an Interior Designer and miniature (scale) artist.
In 1984 he attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied the fine arts, sculpture, and design theory. He graduated with an Associates Degree in Visual Communications. Since moving to Southern California in 1987, he has worked as a fine and commercial artist doing airbrush illustration, murals and signage.
In 1997 Guyton joined Linda Jones Enterprises/Warner Bros. as a background painter for legendary cartoonist and animator Chuck Jones. During which time he was privileged and honored to study under the late Maurice Nobel. Guyton designed and painted many background scenes for Jones, most notable being the background scene for the "What's Opera, Doc?" Limited Edition Animation Cell which was included in the films induction into the National Film Registry, an honor bestowed on only 100 films to date for being "among the most culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films of our time." becoming the first-ever animation film to be inducted.
Guyton was also commissioned by Looney Tunes/McKimson Productions where he became the background painter for classic animator Robert McKimson's cell art, working on McKimsonis Limited Edition Sports Animation Cells.
Having studied the work of a variety of masters such as Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Tiepolo, Peter Paul Ruebens as well as Klimt, Kline, Earle, Nobel, Bisley and Roth of the 20th century, Guyton's career has encompassed many different disciplines.
During these studies, he merged two very divergent styles combining the 14th Century Kamakura Period in Japanese leafing and the 17th century Flemish Masters technique of transparent glazing to create his breathtaking "Moments in Time" series. Then in 2008 Guyton was discovered by famed Publisher David Smith, who published Christian Lassen and was the creator and owner of Michael Godard Fine Art that represented the world famous artist Michael Godard.
Since then Guyton has gone on to be shown in galleries all over the world. Guyton is featured on Princess Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines with pieces in permanent onboard collection. In 2014 Guyton became one of the featured artists with Park West Galleries. Park West being the largest art dealer in the world has the art of Guyton being exposed to millions of people each year around the planet.
Adding to his combined style of glaze and guild, Guyton furthers his approach to color and method in his new self-titled "Nouveau Chimique" style and series. In this style, chemical concoctions on copper leaf are used to induce a forced patina in turn using the natural eremacausis of nature to colorize the substrate prior to the application of the actual artwork.
Guyton has been established as one of the most influential artists of the 21st century. Guyton's ability to design with sophisticated detail brings drama and poetic expression into his work. With his unique vision, he merges mood and atmosphere, evoking powerful emotions that create harmony.