Elizabeth Peyton employs gestural brushstrokes of vivid color and delicate mark-making to create intimate portraits of her friends, fellow artists and personal heroes. The artist works both from life and from source materials such as photographs, film stills and media images. Peyton’s works are explorations into how art and media impact people’s ideas of beauty, fame, idolatry and proximity—drawing comparisons to the work of other artists, such as Édouard Manet, John Singer Sargent and Andy Warhol.
Elizabeth Peyton, born in 1965, helped usher in a return to figurative painting in the 1990s.
Peyton held her first solo show in a room at the Chelsea Hotel in 1993, a time when critics and curators showed little interest in representational painting. The artist has gone on to have solo exhibitions at institutions such as: the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK; the New Museum in New York City; the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland; the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 2006, Peyton was honored with the Larry Aldrich Award, given annually to an American artist who has had significant impact on contemporary visual culture over the previous three years.
Peyton has been working in a range of mediums at Two Palms since 2002. The artist's prints can be found in the collections of: Thehe Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; among others.