Since the 1990s, Elizabeth Peyton has been a major force in the resurgence of figurative painting and the revitalization of the portraiture tradition. This exhibition, the artist’s first solo show in China, features drawings and paintings from her thirty-year career, with a particular focus on new work from the past decade. Peyton’s ever-expanding repertoire of subjects ranges from close friends to cultural icons and historical figures, including Liam Gallagher, Frida Kahlo, Napoleon, Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie, Angela Merkel, and Yuzuru Hanyu. Her intimate depictions are deeply influenced by personal experience, memory, and the sitter’s mien. Her powerful brushwork, colorful palette, and elegantly austere compositions all serve to lure the viewer into the psychic terrain of both the figure portrayed and the artist observing them. The exhibition is organized with the National Portrait Gallery in London, where Peyton’s solo exhibition “Aire and Angels” is on display from October 3, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
About the Artist
Elizabeth Peyton (b. 1965, Danbury, Connecticut, lives and works in New York) studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, graduating in 1987. Her major solo exhibitions include “Elizabeth Peyton: Still Life” (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2016); “Elizabeth Peyton: Here She Comes Now” (Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2013); “Ghost,” an extensive survey of her printmaking (Opelvillen Rüsselsheim and Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, 2011); “Live Forever,” a large-scale, multi-venue retrospective (New Museum, New York, 2008; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2008; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2008; and Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, 2009); and “Elizabeth Peyton: Reading & Writing” (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2009).