Project Description

Dusty ‘O’


“That Dusty O, she’s been quite a few things since departing Birmingham in the West Midlands and arriving in London. Club kid, drag queen, club host, DJ, Diva, cage rattler and now artist. You could say Dusty O has always been an artist. Her beautifully painted face airbrushed to perfection and dressed head to toe in Vivienne Westwood giving the impression that she was perhaps a lady of secret wealth. Not so, Dusty has always grafted and created and it is no surprise that the now bearded Dusty has turned to art. Her work is autobiographical and drugs you through a cartoon world of nightlife, drag queens, wannabes and the occasional pop icon. Flirting with religion, sexuality and challenging PC concepts with a cheeky irreverence. It is bright, bold, sexually charged, psychedelic and unapologetic”. – Boy George

Dusty O was a highly visible drag DJ, club host, and recording artist for 25 years. Featuring extensively on TV and in the press, Dusty carved out a unique, high finish brand of drag and was well known by the soubriquet “the Queen of Soho”. Five years ago Dusty hung up the heels and started a fresh career – this time painting canvas and paper instead of her face. Dusty’s work pays homage to past experiences in clubland and an eclectic past, using vivid colours and startling imagery to represent his diverse range of interests.

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