An exhibition of work by contemporary artist Elizabeth Peyton, exploring the development of her portraiture from the 1990s to the present day.
Peyton's work has been at the forefront of figurative art since the 1990s and the exhibition will showcase some of the key portraits from her first twenty years, before going on to investigate the new direction that her work has taken over the last decade.
Peyton's work will be spread around the gallery, interspersed with works from the permanent collection. Amongst the forty pictures on display will be famous celebrities like David Bowie, Liam Gallagher and Kurt Cobain, plus famous figures like Queen Elizabeth II and Napoleon.
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Pre-Raphaelite Sisters – 17 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – The National Portrait Gallery will be exploring the untold story and contributions of twelve women from the Pre-Raphaelite Movement.
William Blake — The Artist – 11 Sep 2019 to 2 Feb 2020 – Tate Britain will be putting on an exhibition of 300 works by the English poet, painter and printmaker, William Blake.
Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts – 21 Sep to 19 Dec 2019 – A solo exhibition by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley showcasing some of his best work, both old and new
Turner Prize winner, Mark Leckey – 24 Sep 2019 to 5 Jan 2020 – Discover how technology has been changing British culture through the work of Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey
Gauguin Portraits — National Gallery – 7 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – This exhibition will be totally devoted to Paul Gauguin's portraits and feature around fifty works from his later years
Nam June Paik — The Future Is Now – 17 Oct 2019 to 9 Feb 2020 – Nam June Paik's pioneering use of video and media images will be explored in a major new retrospective at the Tate Modern
Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery – 23 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – A major retrospective of Bridget Riley's work, including her iconic black-and-white paintings and colour canvases
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If you enjoy National Portrait Gallery then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Gallery (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Piccadilly Circus), Tate Britain (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Bond Street)
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