Bright ideas come with light…and Chris Bracey plays with neons like nobody else ! Over the years he has acquired the ‘title’ of the ‘Neon Man’ with his iconic creative artpieces. Often commissioned for his creations by high-profile clients such as David La Chapelle, Stella McCartney, Martin Creed and Vivienne Westwood, Bracey has also provided dramatic installations for major movies such as Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the Batman films.
His vision for color is quite uncanny and shaping engaging compositions is quite unique and engaging with a twist for delight.
We caught up with Mr Bracey along with his exhibition ‘ I’VE LOOKED UP TO HEAVEN AND BEEN DOWN TO HELL’ at the Scream gallery in London lasting until the 1st of June 2013, to discover the secrets hidden behind his work of lights and his self-produced neons, referencing popular culture. Chris Bracey’ s inspiration is various and eclectic; it touches the universe of films, tattoos ((“Love & Hate”, Las Vegas and the streets of Soho )… and music: the piece “Shine A Light in the Darkness of Your Soul” was written by Martin Gore from Depeche Mode and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” is from a song by The Smiths.
The artist digged through vintage signs which he updated and re-worked keeping the essence of the past breathing within these signs. Glamour and nostalgia.
Turn off the light and let the magic neons whisper dreams into your eyes: