Piotr On The Couch, 1997
Born in 1965, Elizabeth Peyton paints and draws portraits of people who are in some way close to her – whereby her relationship to her subjects can assume a variety of forms. They might be personal friends but could as well be historical figures or popstars. The crucial factor is the intensity of the encounter that first inspired the artist to preoccupy herself with these `companions'. Whether a close companion or a worshipped idol, the distinctions between friends and stars ultimately become blurred in Peyton's paintings and drawings.
Peyton bases her pictures on photos from books, pop magazines or her own snapshots. The media-based encounter via photography, video clip, book or CD is assimilated into her own world through the painting process.