About

small polar bear

Bernard Peyton, born 1950, married, BA Harvard 1972, MS University of Montana 1984, Ph.D. University of California Berkeley 1995.


Ihave been able to combine science and art to help create parks and advertise the threatened species parks contain. My first career was as a painter and printmaker. It was then that I fell in love with paper. In 1976 my roommate from college, Robert Perkins, encouraged me to have an adventure of a lifetime. We canoed from Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada to the headwaters of the Back River, and then down it to near the Arctic Ocean, a journey of approximately 850-miles. Upon seeing white wolves that followed our progress through unspoiled wilderness, I became inspired to do something to save nature.
Within a year I was in Peru studying spectacled bears.Twenty-five years later I returned to something I had done as a child. I discovered that designing my own origami art was very similar to doing science. Both relied on former knowledge, and discoveries were most often made in incremental steps. They shared the same attitude toward exploration that I felt while paddling down the Back River. Although I can’t cut trail like I used to, origami has given me many more peaks to climb.

 



 


Group Shows

2006

Miyako Hotel, San Francisco, California

Pulp Fiction, Waveny Gallery, New Canaan, Connecticut

Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, California

 

2007

Cherry Blossom Festival, San Francisco, California

Treasures of Origami Art, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel

Paper Transformed, Mingei International Museum, Escondido, California

Four Masters of Origami, K Gallery, Alameda, California

Origami Masters, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

 

2008

Bay Area Origami Masters, Xerox PARC, Palo Alto, California, USA

Poetry in Paper, Galerija Grada Krapine, Krapina, Croatia

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Berkeley, California, USA

Transforming Kami, National Japanese American Historical Society,

SF Public Library, San Francisco, USA

 

2009

Bellevue Arts Fair, Bellevue, Washington, USA

Going Origami, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California, USA

Exporigami, Centro Historico, Zaragoza, Spain

 

2010

Monterey Airport, Monterey, California, USA

Cherry Blossom Festival, San Francisco, California

Fava Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio

Still Folding, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, Ohio

Marin County Fair, San Rafael, California

2011

McConnel Arts Center, Worthington, Ohio

Fava Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio

Marin County Fair, San Rafael, California

2012

“Folding Paper”,  Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, California;

Thorne_Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, New Hamshire

“Honoring Eric Joisel”, Angouleme, France

 

2013

La Magia del Papel, Centro de Historias, Zaragoza, Spain

Kinokuniya bookstore, New York

“Folding Paper”, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin;

Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California

Marin County Fair, San Rafael, California

Crease, New Trends in Origami, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, Ohio

2014

Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois

Art in Science, Energy Biosciences Institute, Berkeley, California

Surface to Structure: Folded Forms, The Cooper Union, New York

Movement in Paper: The Evolving Form of Origami, San Francisco

 

One Man Shows

2009 National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Chiang Kai Shek Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2011 Donaldson Gallery, Farmington, Connecticut

2012 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Berkeley, California

 

Invited Guest (conventions, workshops, contests)

2006 Matsuri Festival workshop, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

2008 OORAA Convention, Lyon, France

2009 New Year contest, Vietnamese Origami Group

2009 Justicia de Ukumari contest, Cali, Colombia

2010 Papiroflex Convention, Zaragoza, Spain

2011 Boyaca International Convention, Tunja, Colombia

2011 Prescott Visiting Artist, Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, Connecticut

2012 Centerfold Convention, Columbus, Ohio

2013, KOA Convention, Seoul, South Korea

2013, Transformations, Exploratorium, San Francisco, California

2014, OASIS Convention, Israel

 

Origami in Plays

2008 “Secret Life of Paper”, Vancouver, Canada

2009-10 “Animals out of Paper”, New York and San Francisco Playhouses

 

Permanent Collections

Origami USA, New York, USA

Mingei International Museum, Escondido, California

Tikotin Museum, Haifa, Israel

Galerija Grada Krapine, Krapina, Croatia

Origami House, Tokyo, Japan

Educational Museum Origami Zaragoza, Zaragoza Spain