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Leigh Bowery 26 March — 1 January was an Australian performance artistclub promoterand fashion designer. Bowery was known for his flamboyant and outlandish costumes and makeup as well as his sometimes controversial performances. Based in London for much of his adult life, he was a significant model and muse  for the English painter Lucian Freud. Bowery's friend and fellow performer Boy George said he saw Bowery's outrageous performances a number of times, and that it "never ceased to Minty - Useless Man or revolt".
Bowery was born and raised in Sunshinea suburb of MelbourneAustralia. From an early age, he studied music, played pianoand went on to study fashion and design at RMIT for a year.
He worked in a clothing shop and appeared in commercials for Pepe jeans. Minty - Useless Man soon became an influential and lively figure in the underground clubs of Minty - Useless Man and New York, as well as in art and fashion circles. He attracted attention by wearing wildly outlandish and creative outfits that he made himself. He became friends and roommates with Guy Barnes known as "Trojan" and David Walls: Bowery created costumes for them to wear, and the trio became known in the clubs as the Three Kings.
He was known as a club promoterand created the club called Taboo, which began as an underground party, and then opened as a club in Drugs, particularly ecstasybecame a part of the dancing scene for the attendees.
The club was known for defying sexual convention, for embracing " I Am The Sea - Richard Harris - I, In The Membership Of My Days ", for creating a wild atmosphere, and for playing unexpected song selections. As a fashion designer he had several collections and shows in London, New York and Tokyo.
He has influenced designers and artists. He was known for wildly creative costumesmakeupwigs and headgearall of which combined to be striking and inventive and I Could Have danced All Night - Harry Verbi - I Could Have danced All Night / Et Maintenant kitschy or beautiful.
He also designed costumes for the Michael Clark Dance Company. As a performance artist he enjoyed creating the costumes, and often shocking audiences. In a signature performance, he would appear on stage in outlandish drag or other costume, looking very huge. He would sing and dance about. Then suddenly, much to the audience's surprise, he would バス通学 - 榊原郁恵* - 5years 〜デビュー5周年記念〜 onto his back and simulate giving birth to a petite and naked young woman, who was his friend, assistant, and later wife Nicola Bateman.
She had been hidden for the first part of the performance by being strapped to Leigh's belly with her face in his crotch. Then she would slip out of her harness and appear to pop out of Bowery's belly along with a lot of stage blood and links of sausages, while Bowery wailed.
Bowery would then bite off the umbilical cord and the two would take a bow. Boy George said he saw it a number of times, and that it "never ceased to impress or revolt". They were introduced by a friend they had in common, the artist Cerith Wyn Evans. In Bowery's first public appearance in the context of fine art, Bowery posed Minty - Useless Man a one-way mirror in the gallery dressed in the flamboyant costumes he was known for.
Bowery used his body and manipulation of his flesh to create personas. This involved almost masochistically taping his torso and piercing his cheeks with pins in order to hold masks, as well as wearing outlandish makeup.
Freud said, "the way he edits his body is amazingly aware and amazingly abandoned". In return, Bowery said of Freud: "I love the psychological aspect of his work — in fact, I sometimes felt as if I had been undergoing psychoanalysis with him His work is full of tension. Like me, he is interested in the underbelly of things". The paintings tend to exaggerate Bowery's 6-foot 3inch, and 17 stone physique to monumental proportions.
The paintings had a strong impact as part of Freud's exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Freud said he found him "perfectly beautiful", and commented, "His wonderfully buoyant bulk was an instrument I felt I could use, especially those extraordinary dancer's legs".
Freud noted that Leigh by nature was a shy and gentle man, and his flamboyant persona was in part a form of self-defence. Bowery is a character out of Renaissance art - perhaps Silenus, the companion of Dionysus. His flesh is a magnificent ruin, at once damaged and riotously alive. Who knew skin was so particoloured?
To count the hues of even one of his feet is impossible: purple, grey, yellow, brown, the paint creamy, calloused, bulging. In a velvet chair tilted down towards us on the raked stage of the wooden studio floor, his mass looms up and dwarfs us. Walk close your eyes are probably the height of his penis.
Bowery's violet-domed, wrinkly tube hangs between thighs marked with sinister spots or cuts his knees are massive. Bowery is a painted monument who quietly contemplates his existence inside this flesh. In NovemberMinty began a two-week-long show at London's Freedom Cafe, including audience member Alexander McQueenbut it was too much for Westminster City Councilwho closed down the show after only one night. This was to be Bowery's last performance.
The show was documented by photographer A. Hanson with imagery subsequently published in books about Bowery   and McQueen. After his death, the band continued under the leadership of Bateman and Glammore up until the release of album Open Wide. A spin-off band called The Offset later formed including artist Donald Urquhart. Although Bowery was known to Minty - Useless Man and always described himself as gay, he married his long-time female companion Nicola Bateman on 13 May in Tower HamletsLondonin "a personal art performance".
Although he had been HIV positive for six years, very few of those who Misery Blues - Frankie Lee Sims - Misery Blues him guessed that; he typically explained his public absence by saying he had gone to Papua New Guinea.
He died 7 months after his marriage, on New Year's Eve the date has been disputed by his father, who says he actually died in the early hours of New Year's Day, Feel My Energy - Brooklyn Bounce - The Beginning an AIDS -related illness at the Middlesex HospitalWestminsterLondon, five weeks after his admission. Boy George was the creative force, the lyricist and performer in the Minty - Useless Man Taboowhich was loosely based on Bowery's club.
The musical was produced in on the West End in London, and then opened on Broadway. As Minty - Useless Man performer, Boy George played a character named "Leigh Bowery". In an interview conducted by Mark Ronson for Interview Magazine Boy George said that Bowery would sometimes speak with a posh English accent, and one didn't always know if he was sincere or mocking: He seemed to Minty - Useless Man "in character" at all times.
Bowery decorated his flat in a style that was similar to the way he dressed, with Star Trek -themed wallpaper, mirrors and a large piano. He was a ringleader of misbehaviour, and with his club, he Minty - Useless Man a place where there were no rules.
In the clubs at the peak of his fame, he would distort his body in various ways so that he would appear deformed, or pregnant or with breasts. Bowery once said, "Flesh is my most favourite fabric". Bowery was the main inspiration for the Tranimal drag movement, which emphasized an animalistic and post-modern take on drag. He describes it as Bowery had been an influence on Fielding's outlandish costume characters.
Bowery Minty - Useless Man the subject of a contemporary dancephysical theatre and circus show in August at the Edinburgh fringe festivalput on by Australian choreographer Andy Howitt. All singles also included multiple remixes of the lead tracks.
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