Portrait of the Day: David Bowie

Past event archive
28 February 2019, 12:30

Room 32


  • Talks and Lectures

David Bowie
by Stephen Finer
NPG 6336

Known as the chameleon of pop for his ever-changing appearance, futuristic costumes and outlandish makeup, Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, London. He released his first album in 1967 and gained wide recognition two years later with his single Space Oddity, which coincided with the first moon landing. Albums such as Hunky Dory (1971), Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973) and Diamond Dogs (1974) made him an international star. His film roles included the lead in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983) and Andy Warhol in Basquiat(1996). Bowie's final album Blackstar was released on his 69th birthday, 8 January 2016. 

As featured in the Gallery’s ICONS Trail, in partnership with the BBC to complement an eight-part series on BBC TWO exploring the achievements and legacies of some of the greatest figures of the 20th Century.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.