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Portrait of the singer dressed as the Elephant Man to go in display at National Portrait Gallery.

(TRAVPR.COM) LONDON - September 30th, 2013 - A selection of portraits by renowned Pop Artist Derek Boshier – including one of David Bowie as the Elephant Man – will be shown in the UK for the first time in a new display of the artist’s work opening at the National Portrait Gallery on 28 September 2013. The National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square is one of the world’s greatest galleries and a must-see for any visitor to London. If you are planning a trip to the British capital be sure to check out LondonTown.com, which features the best and latest deals for cheap hotel rooms in London.

Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits  will feature 10 works from the artist’s ‘imaginary portraits’ series, including his oil-on-canvas portrait of David Bowie, which was painted in New York in 1980 while Bowie was rehearsing for his role in Bernard Pomerance’s play The Elephant Man at the city’s Booth Theatre. Based on the life of a nineteenth-century man who developed severe bodily deformities and travelled as a circus performer, the production required Bowie to distort his face and body, holding poses for long periods of time. It was Bowie’s first major theatre role and he received huge critical acclaim for his performance. He talked about the role with Boshier at the artist’s studio, resulting in the striking portrait of Bowie in character.

Derek Boshier (b.1937) was closely associated with the development of Pop Art in Britain in the early 1960s. With David Hockney, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield, RB Kitaj and Peter Phillips, he was included in the 1961 Young Contemporaries exhibition held at the RBA Galleries, London, that marked the appearance of the new art movement. From the outset, Boshier’s art combined social commentary with a rich imaginative element, with portraiture being an important theme throughout. He works in various media, including painting, drawing, sculpture and film. The exhibition showcases an aspect of the artist’s work that involves depictions of invented people or representations of real individuals that incorporate fantasy. Early works on display include two portraits of Bowie and one of the painter Malcolm Morley, which were based on observation from life but then developed imaginatively. Later works include a series of drawings in which the artist depicts himself in a variety of different roles and contexts. For more information about this and other exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, visit LondonTown.com, London’s best resource for the latest events being held in the city.

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