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Elizabeth Peyton was a leader in contemporary painting's return to figuration in the 1990s.
Her modest-scale, jewel-like paintings show a deep knowledge of forebears from Édouard Manet and John Singer Sargent to Andy Warhol but are also intimately connected with the culture of late-20th-century America.
Her portraits and drawings of friends, family, and personal heroes include depictions of Kurt Cobain, Liam Gallagher, and art world acquaintances like Rirkrit Tiravanija and Matthew Barney.
Peyton's seductively moody celebrations of youth, fame, and beauty are notable for their brilliant color and graphic sense.
She warmed up London food royalty Margot and Fergus Henderson with pink champagne in Claridge’s, which happens to be her favourite London hotel.
(“I’m just familiar with it,” she reasons of her preference.
It is an undeveloped and wide range of “types,” numbering much higher than the constricted fjords of female beauty and its “types.” Which is unfair.
A major project consisting of a feature-length film and soundtrack composed by Björk, large-scale sculptures, photographs and drawings, Drawing Restraint 9 was built upon themes such as the Shinto religion, the tea ceremony, the history of whaling, and the supplantation of blubber with refined petroleum for oil.Matthew Barney (born March 25, 1967) is an American artist who works in sculpture, photography, drawing and film.His early works are sculptural installations combined with performance and video.In literally restraining the body while attempting to make a drawing, Drawing Restraint 1–6 (1987–89) were documentations made using video and photography.Drawing Restraint 7 marks the influx of narrative and characterization, resulting in a three channel video and a series of drawings and photographs, for which Barney was awarded the Aperto Prize in the 1993 Venice Biennale.