Kristen Peyton: The Function of Light Catalog

The catalog for Kristen Peyton: The Function of Light is another milestone for the Linda Matney Gallery because of the collaboration with both Richmond and Williamsburg area creatives associated with the College of William and Mary , VCU, and Randolph-Macon.  Kristen Peyton, a resident of Richmond,  is an emerging artist educated at William and Mary and the University of New Hampshire where she received her MFA. Works are inspired by the traditions of French Modernist painting as well as other currents in academia melding observation and interpretive uses of color and form.  Kristen is the gallery director at the Flippo Gallery at Randolph-Macon College as well as an instructor at the College of William and Mary.  The essay for the catalog essay is written by William Mary’s  Elizabeth Mead, a professor associated with New York galleries. The designer is educated at Virginia Commonwealth University.  One of our only true museum catalogs due to its design, this publication will be associated with the gallery for many years to come and will be on hand in the main gallery as well as distributed to our best patrons.

Two levels of sponsorship are available with a deadline 11/11/18

$120     Your company logo and information in the printed catalog, button with a link to your company on the exhibit page permanently .

$240    The same as above but with an enhanced listing with the designation of major sponsor.


Artist Statement

Color in essence is a function of light. Where light exist, color follows—illuminating space and form.

"What holds the work together as a body in The Function of Light is not so much a common subject matter, but an exploration of color and color’s shape. Much of my work lacks figure or set-up, as I find myself more inclined to search for painting possibilities in the visual experiences of my everyday surroundings. My work, rather, is an active response to moments of visual surprise encountered naturally in daily living. I respond to a surprising interaction of color or an intriguing interplay of geometric shapes by which I can foresee a painting. Most often I am interested in small, unassuming scenes that present instances of visual tension and release.

My work aims to express my first impression and reveal my search for the aesthetic essentials of a chosen moment. I invite my perception of light and color to guide my image-making process and let intuition lead the way. I invent, omit, and simplify whenever necessary to arrive at a pleasing balance between observation and memory. My aim is to bring my viewer to profound presence by making known the poetics of color."

Kristen Peyton , 2018