Elizabeth Peyton

°1965, Danbury, (US) – lives and works in New York (US) and Paris (FR)

Elizabeth Peyton is known for her understated yet intense portraits. She treats the subjects of her portraits with a distinctive intimacy, whether they are friends, historical icons, or famous musicians. Her ever-expanding repertoire of recurring subjects includes Kurt Cobain, Andy Warhol, Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Elizabeth II, and David Hockney, among many others. She paints from both life and from varied source material like found photographs, film stills, famous paintings, or mass media images. Her portraits, lovingly created with gestural brushstrokes of diluted oil paint, investigate how art and mass media affect the viewer’s emotional and intellectual response to the person depicted.

Alongside portraits, Peyton also produces work that engages with the still-life tradition, often featuring cropped portraits in complex compositions with flowers, statuary, and other motifs associated with the genre.


Elizabeth Peyton
photo by Roe Ethride, courtesy of The Gentlewoman

Since 1998, when Parkett magazine commissioned her to create a lithograph, Peyton has created a broad range of prints, including monotypes, lithographs, and woodcuts. Experimenting with different techniques, she also uses a variety of diverse and handmade papers as well as various colored and monochromatic inks.

Elizabeth Peyton had solo exhibitions at New Museum, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht; National Portrait Gallery, London; and UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. Work by the artist is held in international public collections, such as the Art Institute of Chicago; Boros Collection, Berlin; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Centre Pompidou, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles; The Metropolitan, New York; MoMA, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate, London, among others.

Elizabeth Peyton is represented by the following galleries;
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Sadie Coles HQ, London

David Zwirner New York / London / Paris / Hong Kong

Thaddesu Ropac, Salzburg / Paris / London / Seoul

Or click through to Elizabeth Peyton’s own website.


works by Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton - Frederick Douglass, 2023

Elizabeth Peyton

Frederick Douglass


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