Elizabeth Peyton - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    There is no separation for me between people I know through their music or photos and someone I know personally. The way I perceive them is very similar, in that there’s no difference between certain qualities that I find inspiring in them.
    Elizabeth Peyton, quoted in M. Higgs, Elizabeth Peyton, New York, 2005, p. 16
    Elizabeth Peyton’s lovingly rendered oils appropriate images from popular and celebrity culture. In the past, her fascination with the subject has taken the form of portraits of numerous famous icons including contemporary names like Elvis and Kurt Cobain and historical personalities such as Princess Diana and Louis XIV. Critical to her oeuvre is the process of collecting, selecting and editing photographs of people she knows or images assembled from mass media, which she then reinterprets in a lexicon of loose, painterly brushwork and translucent color. The present lot John Squire features the British rock musician and artist gazing impassively at space. Despite his world-weary expression, capturing the distinctive ennui that characterizes much of celebrity culture today, Peyton’s work retains personality and a delicate intimacy in its small scale and tender brushstrokes.


John Squires

Oil on panel. 
17 x 14 in. (43.2 x 35.6 cm).

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $421,000

Contemporary Art Part II

16 May 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York