About the Artist
Formerly a Major League Baseball prospect drafted by the Seattle Mariners, Leighton Autrey is now an artist, spurred by a family crisis to a new dream of creating visual art full of hope and deep meaning.
Leighton’s piece Wavering, James 1:2-8 landed him a place as one of only four American artists selected to display their artwork in London during the weeks leading up to the Summer 2012 Olympics, as well as all throughout the games. His piece was one in just twelve from around the world.
In November 2012, in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Dallas Semi-Finals, Leighton won a place as one of twelve finalists for his piece Battlefield of the Mind, 1st Peter 5:8, which was subsequently displayed at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas. The Bombay Sapphire judges from all around the country then chose his piece to represent Dallas in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finals at Art Basel, the biggest art fair and show in the United States. The piece was shown in December at the SCOPE Art Fair in Miami, Florida, where celebrities such as P Diddy, Jay-Z, Beyonce, LeBron James, Chelsea Handler, Dewayne Wade, Kanye West and many other celebrities, art collectors, and art enthusiasts by the thousands came to see the art displayed.
In February 2011, Leighton was chosen to show sixteen sports pieces adjacent to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas at Art Bowl XLV, which displayed sports-related art in commemoration of Super Bowl XLV. Thousands of visitors from all around the world stopped by to see the exhibit.
Leighton’s piece Wavering, James 1:2-8 was exhibited with pieces by many other artists from around the world at the 100th Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, where the same judges who chose the piece for the London Olympic Art Show chose it to be displayed alongside many of Australia’s top artists.
Since 2009, Leighton has sold many pieces all over the world. He has created artwork for several celebrities, professional athletes, and entertainers, including LA Angels player Huston Street, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Kevin Hart, Boston Red Sox player Brock Holt, professional motocross racer Andrew Short, professional wrestler Steve “Sting” Borden. He travels the country and does artwork for brands such as Red Bull, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jack Daniel's and many more.