Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

Past exhibition archive
3 October 2019 - 5 January 2020

Lerner Galleries

Free Admission

Elizabeth Joy Peyton (b.1965) is one of the preeminent artists working today. She paints still lifes and landscapes, but above all, portraits: of friends, lovers, heroes, admirations, inspirations and fascinations. Her subjects include artists, activists, actors, athletes, dancers, musicians, queens, princes, politicians and poets. Captured from life, memory, literature and imagination, through found images and photographs, amongst many things her art explores love, individuality, beauty and the passing of time.


Created in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition is accompanied by a series of displays within the Collection, positioning Peyton’s art within the context of historic portraiture. Having occupied a central place within visual art since coming to prominence in New York in the early 1990s, her work demonstrates an intensely personal and increasingly expansive understanding of the genre. The displays can be found in room 2 with the Tudor collection, in room 6 with the seventeenth-century collection, and in rooms 21 and 24 with the Victorian collection.

Room 2

Left: Alizarin Kurt by Elizabeth Peyton, 1995, Private Collection. Courtesy The Brant Foundation, Greenwich,…

Room 6

Left: ISA GENZKEN, 1980 by Elizabeth Peyton, 2010. Private Collection
Right: Sir Anthony van Dyck by Sir…

Room 21

Left: Kiss by Elizabeth Peyton, 2019. Courtesy the Artist © Elizabeth Peyton
Right: Ellen Terry…

Room 24

Left: Twilight by Elizabeth Peyton, 2009, Private Collection. Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin ©…

Room 35

Left: Practice (Yuzuru Hanyu) by Elizabeth Peyton, 2018, Green Family Collection © Elizabeth…

Exhibition Catalogue

The exhibition catalogue explores the development of Peyton’s art from the 1990’s to the present day, with a particular focus on the last ten years, whilst situating her work within the context of the historic genre of portraiture. Alongside an essay from the curator, Lucy Dahlsen, this book will feature essays by Dr Nicholas Cullinan and Thomas Crow.

RRP £24.95