Ibeji (Twins)
Welded Steel

Rhythm & Movement: Sculpture by Martin Payton 

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery / Gallery of African American Art

December 5, 2015 – March 13, 2016

Martin Payton’s work aims to maintain the legacy of African American culture in historical figures and jazz legends, such as McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett, by conveying a sense of celebration of African American achievement.   Music is an important element in Payton’s creative process, as West African polyrhythms and chants that characterize jazz, blues and gospel are reflected in his vibrant forms.   His sculptures display a human charisma because of their gracefulness and verticality. Whether kinetic or static, Payton’s sculptures are fluid and convey a sense of rhythm and movement.