Peyton, born in 1965, paints empathetic portraits of friends,
celebrities and politicians. She often works from existing images, like
album covers and photos, and her subjects have included John Lennon and
Prince William. Peyton typically imbues her figures with an idealized
and sometimes androgynous beauty. For W, she painted Michelle and Sasha
Obama in the audience at the democratic convention as Barack Obama
accepted the presidential nomination. "Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton,"
a retrospective, runs through January 11, 2009, at The New Museum of
Contemporary Art in New York. it travels to the Walker Art Center in
Minneapolis, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and the
Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the Netherlands.