Alton DuLaney is an artist who makes ART. Though self-promotional self-expression, DuLaney produces interdisciplinary works exploring the ability of art to transform objects, images, and actions, as well as the identity of the artist. Signs (inanimate yet capable of communicating instruction) and text are both prevalent in the work.
Originally from the small East Texas town of Splendora, DuLaney received his BFA from UT Austin and has spent the last 20 years living and working in New York City, Los Angeles, and abroad. He returned to Houston to earn his MFA from University of Houston. He has preformed and exhibited his work in Austin, Houston, Marfa, New Orleans, New York City, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro. DuLaney has been the Art Director for James Surl’s Big Studio in Splendora, and a Splendora City Council Member. He is currently the Public Art Program Director and Curator of the Houston Airports, managing one of the largest public art collections in the state of Texas.
DuLaney can be seen promoting creativity on national TV as the World’s Most Famous Gift Wrap Artist. His expertise has been featured in numerous interviews for magazines, radio, newspaper, and TV, including CBS Sunday Morning, The Rachael Ray Show, People Magazine, Family Circle, Women's Home Journal, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart Radio, 1010 WINS, NBC, ABC, PIX, FOX, CW 11, NY1, and the Wendy Williams Show, among many others. In 2008, DuLaney received national recognition when he was crowned the Scotch Brand’s “Most Gifted Wrapper.” During this annual national gift-wrapping contest, he was tasked with the challenge of wrapping several odd-shaped gifts, including—as the finale—a baby grand piano. As the winner, DuLaney was featured on Good Morning America and the Bonnie Hunt Show (where he gift-wrapped a producer). His diverse artistic interests span from fashion to the circus arts to fine photography. He is also currently working on Letters from Lucky, a book that chronicles 18 years worth of letters from a mentor to his protégé on the importance of art and creative living.