Elizabeth Peyton began like so many young girls by idolising certain pop stars, but instead of just putting posters up she made paintings of them. The 1980s upsurge in celebrity culture meant that the mainstream media was flooded by images of these new society doyennes, and Peyton was in the right place at the right time to be painting them. She modernised portraiture for the MTV generation, as a type of accessible documentation of fashionable celebrity lives. In a current time of selfies and celebrities engaging in and with nearly every aspect of the media this seems a bit simplistic but at the time she had clearly hit the 'what society wants from an artist' button. She very quickly therefore became a celebrity artist herself, and she was able to stylise and idealise her new and growing circle of friends, that also included newly glamorous artists, to which she would add more pop stars, trendy people from European monarchies and characters from literary fiction that seemed to somehow fit in, or who would have if they had been alive. Peyton's portraits and the lifestyles they depict, were an early forebear or warning of today's social media lifestyles where it begins to feel as if we are all worthy of celebrity status and if we don't have enough 'likes' we sulk.