What did Leigh Bowery actually look like? In his short life, he provoked a gamut of emotions, from wonder and admiration to revulsion and disgust. His story starts in the small Australian suburb of Sunshine, as choreographer and performer Andy Howitt discovered last year when he encountered a statue by him in the National Gallery of Melbourne. Each week it was something new: sequinned dresses, viciously tight corsets, fake vaginas, garish body paint, gimp masks, Gaffer-taped cleavages, a giant tulle pompom headdress and a turd-shaped body suit.
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It is no exaggeration to say, that pretty much every modern cultural icon of fashion, art or design, has been influenced in part by the relatively unknown Leigh Bowery. Boy George was so influenced by Leigh that he wrote a musical, Taboo , with him as a larger than life, central character. Some of the most expensive paintings ever painted by Lucian Freud were of Leigh Bowery. Many fashion shows of designers such as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano owe much of their flamboyance and idiosyncrasies to Leigh, reflecting his impact on the worlds of fashion, art and music. Yet more than anything else, he loved to push boundaries and to shock.
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Oil on canvas. The Lucian Freud Archive. Often taking twelve months to complete, with the subject sitting whenever Freud painted, these huge portraits capture even the exquisite detail of the floorboards, for example, in a painting of the performance artist and nightclub personality Leigh Bowery, who became a frequent model for the artist. Dawson organized the show at Acquavella Galleries with William Acquavella. Both pictures show the slim, nude Dawson with a whippet—one with the skeletal dog in his arms, the other with it in his lap.
Artist: Lucian Freud , born in Berlin in His parents left for Britain in and Freud became a British citizen in He is unique as a 20th-century painter in his dedication to the portrait he has expanded the portrait's territory from faces to naked knees, nipples, feet and genitals. Subject: Leigh Bowery 94 , a man of gargantuan scale physically and culturally, a transvestite performance artist, fetishist designer, leader of the band Minty and theatrical giver of birth.