Donald Urquhart

Dusty

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Dusty
Donald Urquhart
Dusty
2000
ink on paper
46 x 34 cm

The drawings from Urquhart’s Peroxides on Parole series feature famous bombshell blondes: iconic beauties, shrouded in sex-mystique, each one a symbol of tragic celebrity. Diana Dors, in the above drawing, famously quipped on Parkie that blonde sex symbols tend to die young and she had no intention of doing so; she died of cancer only a few years later at the age of 52. Dusty is a portrait of 60s pop songstress Dusty Springfield, whose public image was greatly at odds with her personal life. A devout Catholic and bi-sexual, Springfield was plagued by depression, which led to her often irrational behaviour, substance abuse, and self-harm.


     
 


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