Donald Urquhart

Davis Scowl

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Davis Scowl
Donald Urquhart
Davis Scowl
2000
ink on paper
46 x 34 cm

Urquhart’s Davis Scowl presents a portrait of Bette Davis in her role in The Anniversary: a one-eyed, domineering, psychologically twisted mother hell-bent on ruining her childrens’ lives. In doubling the image, Urquhart mirrors Davis’s on-screen character with her real-life persona, as unflatteringly portrayed in a tell-all biography written by her daughter. Throughout his Peroxides on Parole series, Urquhart presents an examination of celebrity culture’s fascination. Executed in black and white, these drawings point to the duplicity of fame and its unattainable ideals. Initially conceived as party advertisements, his portraits become degraded effigies of adoration, his icons’ most personal and very human flaws made property for public circulation.


     
 


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