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Elizabeth Peyton: Practice

2020.8.15 - 2020.11.29

Elizabeth Peyton, Practice (Yuzuru Hanyu), 2018. © Elizabeth Peyton, courtesy Green Family Collection.


Location:  Central Gallery & New Gallery

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 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).

Works in the exhibition

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Charcoal on paper
55.9 × 45.7 cm
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ

Princess Elizabeth's First Radio Address

Charcoal on paper
35.6 × 27.9 cm

Frida (Frida Kahlo)

Oil on board
22.9 × 17.8 cm


Oil on board
23.5 × 31.1 cm

Irises and Klara, Commerce St.

Oil on panel
61 × 45.7 cm

Two women (after Courbet)

Oil on board
36.5 × 28.6 cm
Private Collection

Practice (Yuzuru Hanyu)

Oil on board
30.9 × 22.9 cm

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