Donald Urquhart

Born in 1963 - United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

The earliest of these drawings come from a series titled Peroxides on Parole made in 2000 to serve as flyers, posters and wall decorations for ’The Beautiful Bend’, an eclectic and gloriously camp nightclub which the artist co-founded in the early 1990s. Drawn in black ink on the pages of an A3 sketchbook, Dors, Dusty, Jayne and Davis Scowl were originally photocopied, pasted up around the club’s King’s Cross interior, and taken home at the night’s end by anyone who wanted them. The poses of these legendary movie stars in their simple, understated portraits were lifted from single or composite frames of different films in which they appear, carefully chosen by the artist and paused to allow him time to sketch. Dors is a portrait of 1950s sex symbol Diana Dors, who was, in her time, the British equivalent to Marilyn Monroe. “The image is from Diana in Adam and The Ants’s Prince Charming video,” discloses Urquhart. “She was older then, but I tried to make her a bit more glamorous.”

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EXHIBITIONS

2010
Maureen Paley, London

2009
Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome
Thank You for Listening, The Apartment, Vancouver, Canada.

2008
Plagues, performance commission, Studio Voltaire, London, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles
Asia Song Society, New York

2007
52 Girls, Maureen Paley, London
White Columns, New York

2006
There's a wee girl at my school, Herald St, London
No Axe To Grind, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

2005
Another Drama, Schnittraum, Cologne

2004
Listen to the Wine, Millers Terrace, London

2003
The Beautiful Bend Story, Magnani, London
A Present from the Zoo, Magnani. London

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