Flowers, Flowers & Palace Bridge #1

Elizabeth Peyton

Flowers, Flowers & Palace Bridge #1 , 2014

Works on paper
22.00 x 17.25 Inches
25.50 x 20.75 Inches Framed
Monotype on handmade paper
Unique artwork
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About the artwork

Though best known for her portraits, Elizabeth Peyton has been incorporating still life into her practice since 2007. In her depictions of flowers, Peyton continues to focus upon the recurring themes in her work: art history, literature, found photography, and memory.  Her portraits are a type of still-life, just as her still lifes are a type of portraiture. The artist has state that "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.” Flowers, Flowers & Palace Bridge is a monotype, a process-oriented medium naturally suited to Peyton’s style. The medium creates a unique impression and allows Peyton to move pigment and create gestural improvisation. Her minimal-yet -decisive brush, the tension between abstraction and figuration, and the use of the ground as an active presence are enhanced by the monotype medium in this work.

About the artist

Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton is an American artist best-known for her portraits of celebrities and loved ones. Born in 1965 in Danbury, Connecticut, Peyton studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Currently, the artist lives and works in New York City and Berlin. 

In her work, Peyton depicts her sitters in small-scale, intimate portraits using a distinctive color palette and translucent washes. The portraits humanize their subjects and refute the cult of celebrity worship prevalent in the era of their creation. Peyton uses portraiture, a practice associated with celebration and grandeur, to bring her subjects to an intimate eye-level with the viewer. Peyton’s works have been featured in the Whitney Biennial and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

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