Elizabeth Peyton creates mainly portraits of friends, intimates and celebrities all with a variety of tools. Commonly she uses pencil, water colors and etching on prints, lithographs and woodcuts. Her style resembles that of fashion illustrations and the people featured tend to be androgynous. Most woulds say her style is similiar to that of Andy Warhol for it’s use of colors and celebrity features. Elizabeth has said that she enjoys seeing expression or emotion because it tells a lot about an individual. She captures this in many of her artworks and well. She likes recognizing talented people in particular and memorializing them through her art, such as David Bowie and Kurt Cobain.
What I especially love about Elizabeth’s artwork is it has a mix of modern and classical art. I’m constantly reminded of today’s fashion models and statues from Greek/Roman times. Her figures all appear flawless and almost as if they were sculpted. Her colors pop and give such personality to each person she illustrates. Through her art I can see her interests shine through. I can tell she gets to do something she loves and I envy her for that. We all wish to make a living off of our passions, but not all of us are as fortunate. I’m glad Elizabeth is a genuine artist who is able to produce stunning images all while maintaining her own unique style. She makes it look effortless and so simple, yet when you look at her work closely you’ll see a lot of attention to detail.