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Elizabeth Peyton is a leading contemporary painter, best known for her portraits of artists, musicians, historical figures, and a few athletes. Peyton studied at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and continues to live and work there. In 1993, her second solo exhibition in a room of the Chelsea Hotel, which featured images of Mademoiselle George, lover of Napoléon; Ludwig II of Bavaria; the king of Thailand and others, opened to great critical acclaim. Her later portraits of particular artists, musicians, and other cultural figures have been hailed for their expert use of color and design, and for their evocative, descriptive qualities. In 2008 her work was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the New Museum, New York, traveling subsequently to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. Her work has been extensively exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, and is in the collection of major public collections, including the Guggenheim, New York; MOMA, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MOCA, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Museum, New York.