Leigh Bowery ('What is he trying to get at? Where does he want to go?')

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Leigh Bowery ('What is he trying to get at? Where does he want to go?'), by Stephen Willats, 1984 - NPG 6660 - © Stephen Willats

© Stephen Willats

Leigh Bowery ('What is he trying to get at? Where does he want to go?')

by Stephen Willats
two panel work (photographic prints, photographic dye, ink, acrylic paint, and objects mounted on board) with tower of ten painted breeze blocks, 1984
panel one ('What is he trying to get at?'): 1520 mm x 980 mm (59 7/8 in. x 38 1/2 in.); panel two ('Where does he want to go?'): 1520 mm x 980 mm (59 7/8 in. x 38 1/2 in.); tower: 2000 mm x 440 mm (78 3/4 in. x 17 1/4 in.)
Purchased, 2004
Primary Collection
NPG 6660


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  • Leigh Bowery (1961-1994), Australian performance artist. Sitter associated with 3 portraits.

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This portrait was collaborative and reflects Bowery's transformation from his daytime to his night time self. The quotations, hand-written by Bowery, were taken from taped interviews conducted by Willats. The breezeblock tower that divides the day panel from the night was Bowery's innovation and represents the block of flats in East London where he lived.

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  • NPG D17003: Worksheet One for 'What is he trying to get at? Where does he want to go?' (worksheet)
  • NPG D17002: Worksheet One for 'What is he trying to get at? Where does he want to go?' (worksheet)

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