Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels
3 October 2019 – 5 January 2020
The National Portrait Gallery, London stages the first exhibition situating leading contemporary artist Elizabeth Peyton within the historical tradition of portraiture.
Created in collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels surveys the work of Elizabeth Peyton, with a particular focus on the last decade of her practice. In addition to over 40 works on display in the exhibition, Peyton will become the first artist ever to be given the run of the entire National Portrait Gallery, with a series of displays within the permanent Collection, juxtaposing Peyton’s art with historic portraits from the Tudor period onwards. Known for her luminous pictures, Peyton’s diverse and ever-expanding repertoire of recurring subjects includes figures resonant to her, past and present. Composed using a variety of techniques – oil painting, pencil and pastel drawing, watercolour and printmaking – her art is made both from life and memory, as well as from a wide array of secondary sources. Cutting across time and place, medium and method, at its core, Peyton’s work is born of a wish to contain time by making art that explores love, beauty, and human relationships.