American (b. 1965)
American contemporary painter Elizabeth Peyton is known for her wonderfully stylized portraits. She was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut and developed a passion for art when she was very young. In 1987, she earned her BFA at the School for Visual Arts in New York.
Peyton’s early charcoal and pencil sketches of famous figures such as Marie Antoinette Choosing her Clothes, Napoleon and Queen Elizabeth II were shown at one of her first exhibitions in 1993 at the Hotel Chelsea in New York City. Throughout her career, Peyton has created a broad range of prints, including monotypes, lithographs, and woodcuts. Experimenting with various techniques, Peyton uses a variety of handmade papers and inks to create her work.
Inspired by photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Nadar Peyton, her portraits include many celebrities including David Bowie, Keith Richards, John Lennon, and more recently a portrait of Michelle and Sasha Obama.
Elizabeth Peytons work now graces the collections of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and numerous others. She currently resides in Long Island, New York and Berlin, Germany.