Today I made a visit to the Chris Bracey exhibition at Scream Gallery, London. The exhibition titled 'I've looked up to Heaven and been down to Hell' Bracey’s exhibition explores a lot of pop-culture surrounding his life including music, film, literature and other 70s / 80s culture. The show was great for a first solo exhibition and although it was very small it had a lot of presence and understanding as to why he is so popular (he has worked with Tim Burton, Vivienne Westwood and many more.) Below is a short extract about Bracey’s build up to his booming career.
Bracey’s father was a neon sign-maker, predominantly for fairgrounds and amusement arcades, and Chris learnt how to manufacture and design the neon signs at an early age. Inspired by the vibrancy and kitsch character of the Soho area in London during the 1970s, Bracey was confident that his designs for the signs would bring a fresh sense of glamour and intrigue to the area. The work went from strength to strength with every Soho club owner wanting Bracey’s magic touch to revitalize their venues. During this time Bracey was approached by art director Chris Townsend who introduced him to the world of film and this gave Bracey the autonomy to expand the possibilities of what could be done with neon. Bracey comments, “Like any work of art, it’s got spirit. Neon is only happy when it’s on, when it’s alive.
If you like what you see you can check out more of Bracey’s work here, visit the exhibition or even visit Gods own junkyard, Bracey’s East London studio.