Kipton grew up in Oklahoma but moved to New York City in 2001, shortly before the September 11th attacks, to pursue a career in art and finance. After working at a prominent Soho Gallery, he worked for Citigroup and Bank of America becoming Director and SVP of Investor Relations until 2009. There, he worked with clients who had significant art assets, helping them set up lines of credit for their art collections.
In 2005, while working full-time in finance, he launched an online platform to support artists, where he curated over 150 events and exhibitions in the next 5 years. When the recession rocked the world in 2009, he pivoted into a full-time career in the art world, opening his first gallery space on Wall Street. Since then, he has maintained support for emerging artists, launching ArtStager to exhibit art in real estate properties, and collaborated with global brands such as: Soho House, Emirates Airlines, Chloé, Asprey, Columbia Records, and Mercedes Benz, among others. He has also created partnerships with media partners, such as GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, The Observer, and The Wall Street Journal.
In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, Kipton launched Thinking of Art, an educational series online platform, featuring emerging and established artists, creatives, and experts in the field of art and design. This educational initiative has produced 54 episodes on IGTV and YouTube so far reaching over 100,000 viewers across platforms.
In addition to discovering and supporting new artists, Kipton is dedicated to giving back to the art community. He is actively involved in a number of art-related charitable projects and supports many philanthropic causes. He served on the Executive Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York from 2007 – 2018 and Co-Founded the Young Patrons Circle of the American Friends of the Louvre in 2006. In 2008, he was profiled in a Barron’s “Next Gen Givers” article, which featured his efforts and activities supporting emerging artists. In 2021, Kipton became the Arts Chair for Next Beverly Hills with the goal to bring exciting new art experiences to various parts of the City. To read some recent press references, click here.