Well known for her small-scale portraits of close friends, family, and celebrities in the likes of David Bowie, Kanye West, and more, contemporary artist Elizabeth Peyton’s work is compared to fashion illustrations and the work of Andy Warhol.
The American artist was born in 1965 in Danbury, Connecticut. Peyton had a mid-career exhibition of her artwork at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and went on to tour internationally in 2008.
Her works have been exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the 1995 Venice Biennale, the 2004 Whitney Biennial, along with several other major museums and exhibitions. The subjects in her art are characterized as gender-fluid and ambiguous with a feminine likeness to them.
Typically using oil paint that is encouraged to give way to gravity, Peyton’s paintings have both an organic and painterly element to them. The artist has also won numerous awards such as the 14th annual Larry Aldrich Award in 2006 and amfAR’s Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDs in 2007. Today, the artist lives and works in New York and Berlin.
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