Artist of the Week: Elizabeth Peyton

Artist of the Week: Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton (b. 1965) is an American painter whose work is characterised by small scale portraits painted in a pale, luminous palette.

She was born in Connecticut and studied her BA Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, where she still lives and works.

The modest scale of Peyton’s paintings creates a sense of intimacy with the subject, while the cropped composition echoes that of photography. Many of the artist’s portraits portray famous artists and musicians.

Peyton works predominantly with oil paints which she applies with washes and glazes, that often look as though they have been painted using watercolours. Peyton’s works are famous for capturing light and the youthful glow of her subjects. Many of her works are sexually ambiguous, feminine qualities and androgynous features are often emphasised.

We will be featuring Elizabeth Peyton’s work all week on our Facebook and Twitter pages, but in the meantime here is a selection of our favourite works by the artist:

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