Peyton creates sculptures out of gourds and then embellishes [some] with various objects and adds intricate patterns and designs with extreme detail, all freehand and amazingly all with Sharpie pens.
Much of his work is inspired by the Anasazi Indian art, but Peyton’s animals, snakes and shaman really do stand out.
Gourd art is probably as old as cave drawings and fairly common today, too. Not quite like the six foot tall sculptures I’ve seen Peyton make. Peyton hasn’t always been an artist, but lately he’s been exploring ways to take it full time. Hence our lunch.
He tells me that about ten years ago he had to make a few lifestyle changes; being a single father to two young boys, he needed a hobby.
Pre-children, when money didn’t vanish so quickly, Peyton was an avid art collector and one day while looking at his familiar, no longer growing collection, he wanted something new. He decided to do it himself. Using scrap wood and a band saw, Peyton created his first works of art, 2D Oaxacan lizards to fill the transom window openings in his house.
Then a chance online purchase of some gourds got him started on the cheap. Today, with awards under his belt, like best in show at the prestigious Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show, two years in a row I might add, Peyton has come a long way from just looking for ways to fill his evenings at home with his boys.
His work covers a wide range of sizes and subjects, from both functional and formal styled bowl shapes, to animals like lizards, snakes and crows. There are a few “aliens” in the mix and a few that are even re-purposed after losing battles with his boys. His signature work, though, are highly intricate, interwoven pieces that range in size from a couple of feet in diameter to standing at over six feet. Some of this work takes upwards of six months to complete. That’s gotta be a lot of Sharpies!
Until Peyton surfaces again in a gallery or art studio nearby, follow him on Instagram: MikePeytonCreations.
Two weeks ago, due to the relentless rain, I postponed my event First Saturday Arts Market until this Saturday night. So if you think you missed us, well here’s your second chance. Saturday night 6 – 10 p.m. between Gen’s Antiques and YogaOne Studios at 540 W. 19th St. Details, as always, on the website 1stSatArtMarket.com
I consulted no calendar or other artists when making the decision to return on 3rd Saturday, and as you know, 3rd Saturday means Hardy & Nance Street Open Studios. I may have inadvertently put my own life in danger here, so if you are so inclined, please consider patronizing them as well Saturday evening.
If you hop on the freeway, Hardy & Nance is an easy seven minute drive, 902 Hardy Street, Houston, TX 77020. Coming July 22, at the studio, the artists have put together a modern day Salon des Refusés to assuage the rejected artist’s from Lawndale Art Centers annual open-call, juried exhibition titled The Big Show. More: The Hardy & Nance Studios on Facebook.
Cohen is the founder of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him through his website ArtValet.com.