Drag queen turned draughtsman, Donald Urquhart presents Big Jessie, a selection of bold, new hand printed works printed at Peacock Visual Arts.
Born in 1963, self confessed ‘big Jessie’ Donald Urquhart first gained public attention as the man behind the 90s high camp cabaret night The Beautiful Bend, but is now better known for his distinctive cartoon-like black ink drawings.
“Despite being black and white, Donald Urquhart’s bittersweet, droll, cartoon-like drawings are souvenirs of a colourful past. Comforting and disconcerting in equal measure, their elegant line and graphic finesse makes them immediately appealing, even though they sometimes dish out hardcore one-liners like seasoned cabaret artistes or twisted greetings cards.” Frieze Magazine
In Big Jessie Urquhart continues this style of work with pieces including The Scottish Alphabet, a screenprint portraying Urquharts homeland in twenty-six alphabetically ordered images counting Lulu, the Krankies and Molly Weir as important Scottish icons.
Exhibition runs 22 September – 27 October 2012