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Elizabeth Peyton

​엘리자베스 페이턴

  Elizabeth Peyton is a contemporary American painter best known for her intimate, small-scale portraits of celebrities, friends, and historical figures. Characterized by transparent washes of pigment and a jewel-tone palette, Peyton’s works address notions of idolatry and obsession. “A painting of a person can be descriptive, but for me it's about all the things that make up a picture—the feelings, the brushstrokes—more than describing somebody,” she has said. Notable figures she has painted include Kurt Cobain, Barack Obama, and David Bowie. Born in 1965 in Danbury, CT, Peyton went on to study at the School of Visual Arts. In 1993, she held a solo show of drawings in room 828 of the historic Chelsea Hotel, launching her career in the art world. By her second solo exhibition in 1995 at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, she had achieved widespread acclaim, and has since held major exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, the Royal Academy in London, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, among others. For her interest in portraiture, her work has been compared to Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as to other contemporary figurative painters such as John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage. She lives and works in New York, NY.


Born in Danbury, Connecticut
BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY


From NY with Love, Don't Projects, Paris (group)
Reading and Writing: Elizabeth Peyton, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton, the New Museum, New York (solo)
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (solo)
Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, NY (solo)
Institut im Glaspavillon, Berlin
The Painting of Modern Life, The Hayward, London, England
Makers and Modelers, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Old School (traveling exhibition), Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi, London, England
The Painted Lady: Images of Women in Art,1945-Present, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
Still Life & Kicking, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, New York
Elizabeth Peyton: 1994-2006, A Special Exhibition, New York (solo)
Neugerriemschneider, Berlin (solo)
Likeness: Portraits of Artists By Other Artists (traveling exhibition), Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Peyton, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
Drunk vs. Stoned 2, Gavin Brown’s enterprise
girls on film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, curated by Kirsty Bell
Bidibidobidiboo: Works from Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, curated by Franceso Bonami, Turin, Italy
Superstars: from Warhol to Madonna, Vienna Kunstforum/ Vienna Kusthalle
Getting Emotional, ICA, Boston, curated by Nicholas Baume
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY (solo)
Mother & Child, Ferragamo, New York, curated by Andrea Salerno & Carmen Zita
Likeness: Portraits of Artists By Other Artists (traveling exhibition), ICA , Boston; Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; University Art Museum, California State University at Long Beach
North Fork/South Fork East End Art Now, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Sadie Coles HQ, London (solo)
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY (solo)
Contemporary Painting, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, curated by Alex Katz
Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY curated by Jerry Saltz
North Fork/South Fork: East End Art Now, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
Neugerriemschneider, Berlin (solo)
Regan Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
"Elizabeth Peyton and Tony Just, New Works on Paper," Orient Historical Society, Orient, NY (solo)
Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy (solo)
“Inaugural Exhibition,” Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
“The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes,” Pitti Imagine Discovery, Milan, Italy curated by Francesco Bonami and Raf Simons (catalogue)
“Faces and Figures,” Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami
“Il Quarto Sesso,” Stazione Leopolda, Florence, Italy
“Under Pressure: Prints from Two Palm Press,” The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
“Inaugural Exhibition,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“Drawing Now: Eight Propositions,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
“DEAR PAINTER,…Paint Me”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
“Remix,” Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (catalogue)
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, curated by Klaus Kertess (booklet)
Royal Academy, London (solo)
Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NY (solo)
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Gerrmany (catalogue) (solo)
“New to the Modern: Recent Acquisitions from the Department of Drawing,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, curated by Laura Hoptman
“Abbild recent portraiture and depiction,” Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria, curated by Peter Pakesh (catalogue)
“Azerty,” Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
“Beautiful Productions: Art to Play, Art to Wear, Art to Own,” The White Chapel Art Gallery, London, England
“Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to now,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (catalogue)
Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (catalogue) (solo)
Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (solo)
Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, NY (solo)

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