Style Savant Leigh Bowery Returns in New London Photo Show

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Leigh Bowery, Session VII, Look 38, 1994 © Fergus Greer. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Leigh Bowery arrived in London in 1980, bringing his uniquely dramatic persona to the British capital at a pivotal time for art and nightlife. In addition to the eye-catching ensembles he wore to Taboo, the nightclub he opened in Soho, Bowery became notorious for collaborations with dancer Michael Clark and artist Lucian Freud. (Ironically, Freud's portraits of Bowery were nudes.)




A quarter-century after his passing in 1994, Bowery remains an inspiration to designers like Junya Watanabe and Gareth Pugh and performers like Boy George and Lady Gaga.

“No amount of film could fully capture the many facets of Leigh’s art," says photographer Fergus Greer, who first met the Australian performance artist in 1988.  Bowery would sit frequently for Greer over the next six year—arranging a shoot whenever he had a new "look" to debut. 

Now more than 15 of Greer's portraits of Bowery are on view in "Leigh Bowery – Looks" at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London.  

“Leigh brought himself and his looks and creative vision, I brought my cameras, lighting and films, and my craft and creative vision,” Greer told AnOther magazine. "Together those things produced an alchemy... I think, for any photographer, he was a dream to shoot and it would have to take someone with no creative sensibility not to get inspired by his looks.”

Get a preview of "Leigh Bowery – Looks" in the slideshow below.

"Fergus Greer: Leigh Bowery – Looks" is on view at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London through April 27, 2019.

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Leigh Bowery, Session IV, Look 21, 1991 © Fergus Greer. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
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Leigh Bowery, Session II, Look 9, 1989 © Fergus Greer. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
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Leigh Bowery, Session I, Look 2, 1988 © Fergus Greer. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
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Leigh Bowery, Session III, Look 15, 1990 © Fergus Greer. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
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Leigh Bowery, Session ii, Look 8, 1989 © Fergus Greer. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
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Leigh Bowery, Session VII, Look 38, 1994 © Fergus Greer. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery