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b. 1963, United Kingdom

Donald Urquhart Biography

Donald Urquhart’s bold pen-and-ink drawings of Hollywood legends, drag queens and broken divas have become iconic in the art world. They were, however, originally made as posters and wall decorations for ‘The Beautiful Bend’, an eclectic King’s Cross nightclub co-founded by Urquhart and his friends in the early 1990s. The then photocopied posters were free to be ripped from the walls and taken home by anyone who wanted them at the end of a night. Urquhart’s drawings are somewhat awkward in nature, examining celebrity culture—our fascination with it and the unattainable ideals bound up with fame, and bringing the stars back into a more human realm.

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Born in 1963, Dumfries, Scotland, Donald Urquhart currently lives and works in Paris, France. In 2012 Urquhart held the Cité International des Artes residency in Paris.

Urquhart’s solo exhibitions include a recent solo exhibition at Maureen Paley, in London (2015); Balls, at Galeria S.A.L.E.S., Rome, Italy (2012); Scottish Alphabet, at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK (2012); Big Jessie at The Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow in collaboration with Peacock Arts, Aberdeen, UK (2012); Shrimpy’s, at The Filling Station, London, UK; Bi, at Herald St, London, UK (2010); Bi, at Maureen Paley, London, UK (2010); Facing Women, at Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome, Italy (2009); Thank You For Listening, at The Apartment, Vancouver, Canada (2009). Recent group exhibitions include Emotional Resources, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2014); Artists in Print: 21 Years of Collaboration, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK (2013); Xtravaganza: Staging Leigh Bowery, Kunsthalle Wien, AT (2012); Courtship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London, UK (2012); I Send My Love A Red, Red Rose, Team Gallery, New York, US (2011); Herald St, Taro Nasu, Tokyo, JP (2010); Tristes Tropiques, The Barber Shop, Lisbon, PT (2010).

Donald Urquhart Featured Artworks

Babel by Donald Urquhart contemporary artwork painting
Donald UrquhartBabel, 2014Collage on paper
42 x 29.7 cm
Maureen Paley
How Big is Hell? by Donald Urquhart contemporary artwork drawing
Donald UrquhartHow Big is Hell?, 2014Ink on paper
42 x 29.7 cm
Maureen Paley
Murmurations of Eyes by Donald Urquhart contemporary artwork drawing
Donald UrquhartMurmurations of Eyes, 2015Ink on paper
36 x 27 cm
Maureen Paley
1978 by Donald Urquhart contemporary artwork works on paper
Donald Urquhart1978, 2014Ink on paper
42 x 29.7 cm
Maureen Paley
Pity has its Limits Darling by Donald Urquhart contemporary artwork drawing
Donald UrquhartPity has its Limits Darling, 2008Ink on paper
42 x 29.7 cm
Maureen Paley
Biggs Arrested by Donald Urquhart contemporary artwork painting
Donald UrquhartBiggs Arrested, 2014Collage and ink on paper
42 x 29.7 cm
Maureen Paley
Murmurations of Eyes #13 by Donald Urquhart contemporary artwork drawing
Donald UrquhartMurmurations of Eyes #13, 2014Ink on paper
42 x 29.7 cm
Maureen Paley
Afterthought by Donald Urquhart contemporary artwork drawing
Donald UrquhartAfterthought, 2014Ink on paper
42 x 29.7 cm
Maureen Paley

Donald Urquhart Recent Exhibitions

Donald Urquhart Represented By

Maureen Paley contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Maureen Paley Hove, London

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