William T. Ayton
William T. Ayton was born and raised in Yorkshire, in
the north of England. After showing an early aptitude for
drawing and painting, he went on to study Fine Arts at
Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. He began exhibiting
in earnest in Madrid, Spain where he lived for several
years. Also in Madrid, he met his future wife, Diana, and
seeking to combine their interests in visual expression
and social justice, they began to collaborate on an
illumination of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. The exhibition first existed as a series of
thirty drawings (one for each Article) that were
exhibited in 1991 in England (University of Essex),
Holland (Peace Palace, The Hague) and Krakow, Poland
(Jagiellonian UniversitySummer School).
A series of thirty paintings was then created and
shown at the Universal Expo in Seville, Spain in 1992,
along with thirty 3-D computer animations displayed on a
monitor. In 1993, the exhibition of paintings was shown
at The Palais des Nations of the United Nations in Geneva
for the 45th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. The artist & his family (which now
includes their daughter, Sarah) currently reside in
Brooklyn, New York. He continues to paint in a figurative
style, dealing with the human condition at the end of the
20th century, intertwined with mythological subject
matter and more contemporary issues.
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