Peter Dayton-Artist/Musician-La Peste

April 1, 2016 - Site Contributors
Peter Dayton-Artist/Musician-La Peste

Peter Dayton was attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston while he was fronting the band La Peste. Playing to the cities punk rock denizens, La Peste began to take traction in 1977 and ripped through Boston’s punk rock scene until 1980. In that short period of time the band filled the clubs and developed an impressive catalog of songs headed by the punk anthem “Better Off Dead.”

Peter later emerged on the art scene in the early 1990s and is best known for his flower collages and witty surfboard paintings. He uses the language of Pop art to reference commodity culture, appropriating images and stripping them of their meaning. Commenting on their artifice and exploiting the way commercial images remove subjects from the realm of reality, Dayton’s flowers act as a vessel for his exploration of style. Peter has been exhibited widely across the US with solo exhibitions at Salon 94, Glenn Horowitz, The Baldwin in Aspen and Devin Borden Hiram Butler in Houston. His work has been written up by The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor and The New Yorker.

You can see Peter’s art work at his website:

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Jan Long Collins

Peter has always been a favorite of mine. I was a huge LaPeste fan, and when I first started seeing them, I didn’t have a clue that for a time, Peter would be a big part of my life. I married his bass player! I’ve watched his art career with great interest. I used to subscribe to House and Garden. One issue, featured clothing designers homes….there was John Bartlett, mens wear designer, seated below paintings by Peter Dayton! I knew it had to be him. Whether it’s music or art, he’s incredibly talented, and just an all around great guy!


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