Meet Big Color Artist: Peyton Rack

Pink Zeppelins, 56"x64", Oil on canvas
Pink Zeppelins, 56″x64″, Oil on canvas

Peyton Rack is an artist living and working in Chicago. She is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her time as a student, she facilitated solo and group exhibits throughout the city. This past year, the Chicago gallery Art On Armitage represented her work in Supermarket Independent Art Fair 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden, which was published in the Exhibition Catalog. Her current painting and drawing practices include the invention of imagined realms derived from the aesthetics of every day objects. She is inspired by architecture, the cosmos, and the concept of the unknown.

The wild and powerful qualities of nature could not exist without its own tightly woven inner mechanisms. I am fascinated with the way that light changes the way that the human eye perceives color, and also by the way it can detect settle variations. Such a small amount is visible, but technology can be used to see X-Ray, ultraviolet, gamma, and infrared light in order to gain information about what cannot be seen.From my studies, I have also found that any color on the visual light spectrum will always appear different unless the light and surrounding colors remain the same. While light determines the intensity of a color I can plainly see, colors in Infrared are determined by heat. I am inspired by the disorienting colors that are produced via machines that can detect invisible light. These colors paired with the qualities of visible light–reflection and refraction—define structures that evoke the unknown.

Her current working method: oil on canvas, form invention, and color study.

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