The War Room Project: Anti-War images by William T. Ayton
the room
gallery one: related works
gallery two: precursor works
events & schedule
project history


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MUSEUM ON THE SEAM featured WAR ROOM in international exhibit BARE LIFE together with Anselm Kiefer, Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman, Sophie Calle, Paul McCarthy & others (2007-2008).

War Room in Bare Life at the Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
War Room images on display at the Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel. L-R: The Witnesses (partial view), The Victims, The Warriors.

Welcome to THE WAR ROOM -- a four-wall painted gallery installation
New York City (slideshow)
with The Peace Piece
Upstate New York
Warriors NYC
The Warriors, 2004
acrylic on canvas
approx. 10' x 16'
Warriors POK
The Warriors, 2004
acrylic on canvas
approx. 10' x 14' (includes 20" ledge)

Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking Out from North America's Skull

2009 -- a book of poetry & artwork by Eliot Katz & William T. Ayton: Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking Out from North America's Skull. Features images related to War & The War Room. Eliot Katz also read some of his poetry in the Manhattan War Room reading in 2004.

The book is now available:

and many other fine booksellers.


4 page article on the War Room
article page 1
page 1
article page 2
page 2
back cover by William T. Ayton
back cover: Empire of Death
October 2005 (USA) -- 4 page article on the War Room
plus back cover, "Empire of Death"
A PDF file of the article & back cover is available here (1.17MB).
A PDF file of the article only is available here (960KB).
Clicking on the images above will take you to the article on the Direct Art web site.

War Room Portfolio at
above: back/front cover
24 interior pages -- b/w & color
Download free here (PDF, 3.26MB)
Purchase printed from, $12(US) + S&H


Latest Press

Enter The War Room
Warning: some of the images on this site are disturbing, but much less disturbing than actual war.
The War Room Project website promotes the anti-war art installation "The War Room", which is currently being developed for exhibition. Here, you can find working sketches for the project, as well as additional works on related themes.

And visit for Ayton's online gallery.

Several of the artworks featured on this site have already been exhibited in galleries/online. We are currently lining up installations of the complete War Room. Please check the news page for ongoing details.



Oct 2007 - June 2008 -- The original painted studies for 3 of the War Room panels (The Warriors, The Witnesses, The Victims), as well as the small color painting, "Hiroshima: Ground Zero" were on display in Jerusalem, Israel, at the Museum on the Seam.


Oct-Nov -- "The Victims (study)" from The War Room was on view at the show "American Diaspora" at Victory Hall Cultural Center, Jersey City.

The War Room portfolio has been released soon via It is 24 pages, printed in color (includes monochrome & color images). Price is $11 (US) plus S&H. It is also available for download in web-resolution PDF format from this site, free of charge.


The War Room is featured in an article in the magazine Direct Art, volume 12, which is on sale in Oct-Nov 2005.

Footage of The War Room (NYC) & an interview with the artist may be featured in an upcoming documentary about the relationship between art & politics, entitled "Art Rules". More details will be posted here when they become available.


War Room -- small-scale installation: Albert Shahinian Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY, opened August 21, 2004.

War Room -- full-scale installation: Manhattan (part of the Imagine Festival), opening August 26, 2004, chashama gallery. More details coming soon.

Online review of the Propaganda of War group show (Oct-Nov 2003, Washington DC), which contained several pieces on this site.

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A note on copyright:
Art & images on this website are copyright William T. Ayton, unless otherwise indicated. For permission to reproduce these images for non-commercial or commercial purposes, and to obtain higher-resolution images, please contact:



The Witnesses by William T. Ayton
War Room diagram by William T. Ayton
Witnesses (mirror image) by William T. Ayton
The Logic of War by William T. Ayton
Man O' War (color) by William T. Ayton
Cored by William T. Ayton
Collateral by William T. Ayton
Empire of Death by William T. Ayton
Hiroshima: Ground Zero by William T. Ayton
Civil War by William T. AytonShellhead by William T. Ayton
The Logic of War by William T. Ayton
War Room in Bare Life at Museum on the Seam