George O'Dowd ( Boy George )

Boy George print editions for Homotopia Festival Liverpool. Original gouache paintings reproduced in 5 editions of 50 CMYK screenprints 70cm X 50cm printed exclusively with Blacklist Editions 2013

From formative influences as a Bolan and Bowie fan to the Blitz club scene and the emergence of his own internationally successful pop group Culture Club. Since 1982, when George’s androgyny shocked a closeted and homophobic world, he has continued to challenge the conventional and orthodox. Now exploring his creativity in visual media exclusively for Homotopia

Working with club culture pop painter TradeMark, the exhibition explores identity, specifically the notion of the constructed identities adopted by anyone trying to live outside the heterosexual mainstream. The show will feature portraits of subcultural gay icons like Divine, Jackie Curtis, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Leigh Bowery as well as contemporary photographs of some of the original gay punks and Philip Sallon, the first person to wear a bin liner and Steve Strange the seminal New Romantic.