Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton, David Bowie
David Bowie, 2012

This painting of the late David Bowie by Elizabeth Peyton takes you as close (if not, closer) to the artist as it does to the subject. While it captures him and his stare extremely effectively, showcasing the redness of one of his many hairstyles, the differing sizes of his pupils, and his pensive expression, what it also captures brilliantly is the process of the artist. Every brush-stroke is visible. This does not attempt to disguise the fact it’s a painting at all, like a photo-realistic painting would. It is interesting to see a painting that so blatantly focuses not on the subject, but on the act of painting itself. I think the process is one of the most fascinating elements of art, and to see it so clearly on display is unique, thought-provoking, and inspiring.

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