Archive for November 27, 2012

Artist of the moment…..Chris Bracey….

In the picture gallery the first work was done by Jack Pierson. The last picture is by calligraphy master Denis Brown.  The rest of the art was made by Chris Bracey. The artist sometimes refers to his art as night sculptures.

Chris Bracey hails from the United Kingdom. He is known for his unique style of art. He uses letterform and neon in his works. His works are very modern and contemporary giving the viewer modern takes on old ideas such as the seven deadly sins.

Chris Bracey was born in 1954 in London, England . His work has even appeared in movies that you have surely seen. His art has appeared behind Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, Jack Nicholson in Batman, and even Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

He got his start with art and neon from his father. His father created neon signs for circuses, various business signs, and arcade centers. So from a young age the Bracey associated smiling faces and his fathers use of neon signage.

If I was  to compare his art to another artist it would be Jack Pierson. Jack Pierson is known for making collage works from cut letters.  By the end of the week I will do an entry on Jack Pierson as he is a great artist to learn from when it comes to letters and art. He is a master collage artist, photographer, and sculptor? Whatever kind of word describes an artist who works with neon lettering!

Below is a signature work done by Jack Pierson.  He also has done many works celebrating the sins of man. Pierson works with neon, wood, and metals.

Below is a clip featuring a show given by the artist on the seven deadly sins.  Bracey surely reminds us of the bright flashing neon lit Las Vegas.

In this clip Bracey gives us a short biography of his start in making neon signs with his father. He gives us a brief summary on the history of  neon sign making. Neon signs are handcrafted and not machine made. Very interesting! Bracey uses five different kinds of gasses in making neon signs.

A link to a website and landbased store selling works by the artist:

Bracey began selling his neon art in the 1970s. He created signs for popular sexclubs in Britain such as the Pink Pussycat Club. This was in the Soho district of London. Soon the artist had his neon art lighting up the space like never before. A European style Las Vegas!

price range info: Most works go from $10,000 up to $40,000.

If you find letterform art  as exciting as I do be sure and check out artists Ed Ruscha, Mel Bochner, Robert Cottingham, Robert Indiana and Denis Brown. Of these artist’s Denis Brown is closest to Chris Bracey for his three dimensional use of the letterform. Many times he works in glass but also is a master at using ink calligraphy . Below is a signature example of his sytle of letterform art. Brown has a DVD out teaching us how to perform excellent calligraphic strokes. I found it very helpful for drawing line and slender lines and shapes that you might see in folds of clothing. It also helped to improve my signature as it appears on a painting.

Try making some art of letters today!