Born in Pennsylvania in 1964, Patrick Guyton had the groundwork set for his artistic career by the age of 6 under the guidance of his parents, both artists and designers. In 1984 he attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied fine arts, sculpture, and design theory. He graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Visual Communications. Since moving to Southern California in 1987, he has worked as a fine and commercial artist creating 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 this time he was privileged to study under Maurice Noble, who played a role in shaping the animation industry since the 1950s. Guyton designed and painted many background scenes for Jones, the most notable being the background scene for the “What’s Opera, Doc?” a limited edition animation celluloid (cel). This animation cel was included in the film’s preservation in the National Film Registry and was the first cartoon deemed by the United States Library of Congress as being among the most culturally, historically and aesthetically significant films of our time. Guyton was also commissioned by Looney Tunes/McKimson Productions where he became the background painter for classic animator, Robert McKimson, working on McKimson’s Limited Edition Sports Animation Cels.
“There is no other word than surreal for such a thing,” he says. “That was a great experience, I got to work with a lot of iconic animators and background painters.”
Guyton has studied the work of a variety of masters such as Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Monet as well as Rockwell, Earle, Noble, Bisley and Roth of the 20th century. During these studies, he combined the 14th century Kamakura Period in Japanese leafing and the 17th century Flemish Masters technique of glazing to create his Moments in Time series.
Guyton’s career has encompassed many different fields. In addition to various book illustrations, the artist designed thousands of Milk Caps during the POG craze for industry leader Trov Inc., he was the lead character development artist and animation assistant for Honeytree Productions, hand painted commercial billboards, interior design murals and has taught fourth grade art at Vineyard Middle School in Anaheim, California.
Today, Guyton works as a fine artist in his studio in Southern California where he specializes in gold and silver leaf artwork, creating contemporary variations of traditional Japanese and Venetian style works. Utilizing Flemish techniques and formulas, Guyton keeps true to the Vienna Secession ideals.
“What has been the most interesting thing is to experiment with metal, doing patina and oxygenation, and having to take the contrast of light and dark in paint but also reflective and non-reflective light,” he says.
He has expanded to other precious metals in his artwork, such as copper, platinum and palladium. Since metal will normally expand and contract in different temperatures, Guyton had to develop a way to keep his paintings intact. He experimented for a year on creating the perfect formulation for his boards, eventually creating boards that are metal with a special plastic core. These special boards are now manufactured exclusively for him to use in his art.
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. Guyton’s work can be viewed and collected from Hawaii to Key West, Florida. He currently lives in Orange County, California with his wife and daughter.