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Urquhart, DonaldDate of birth and death: 1963 - Uploaded artworks: 13
Donald Urquhart, born in 1963 in Dumfries, Scotland, is a writer, performer and artist.
He moved to London in 1984, and established a friendships and collaborative role with contemporary Leigh Bowery. Urquhart embraced the heady drag-performance scene of which Bowery and his circle were pioneering innovators. Urquhart set up the underground creative tour-de-force that was 'The Beautiful Bend', a club night which he ran throughout the 1990s with Sheila Tequila and DJ Harvey. Interest in the imagery and artwork for the flyers, illustrated booklets, and posters for this club has resulted in a number of exhibitions of these sophisticated, graphic, and darkly humorous pen and ink drawings. Urquhart joined both 'The Offset' after the death of Leigh Bowery in 1994, when the remaining members of his band, 'Minty' had to face the prospect of carrying on without him in order for his recordings to eventually be released. The idea of a performance collective who were inspired by Leigh came about. Urquhart read poetry and prose, and sang with Poly Styrene (of punk group X-Ray Spex).
He was shortlisted for Beck's Futures 2005 which is one of the most important and most generous art prize in the UK.
He lives and works in London.
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