A FANTASTIC ORIGINAL CHRIS BRACEY NEON ART SCULPTURE OF JESUS WITH NEON GUNS, HALO AND TITLE ON THE BASE “I’LL BE BACK”

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A FANTASTIC ORIGINAL CHRIS BRACEY NEON ART SCULPTURE OF JESUS WITH NEON GUNS, HALO AND TITLE ON THE BASE “I’LL BE BACK” COMMISSIONED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST IN 2010

CHRIS BRACEY, WAS KNOWN AS THE NEON MAN, SOMETIMES AS THE MASTER OF GLOW. IN HIS FAMOUS WALTHAMSTOW WORKSHOP, “GOD’S OWN JUNKYARD” HE MADE AND DISPLAYED HIS FANTASTIC SIGNS THAT COMBINED AMAZING SKILL WITH GREAT DESIGN AND A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR.

IN THE EARLY 70S, HE WENT TO WORK FOR THE FAMILY FIRM, ELECTRO SIGNS. AMONG HIS MORE MEMORABLE CREATIONS WAS HIS FIRST, THE LONG-LIVED “GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS” SIGN OUTSIDE PAUL RAYMOND’S WORLD FAMOUS SOHO REVUE BAR.

FOLLOWING A CHANCE MEETING IN THE 80S WITH THE ART DIRECTOR OF THE FILM MONA LISA IN SOHO, WHERE BRACEY WAS PUTTING UP A SEX SHOP SIGN AT THE TIME. HE  BEGAN TO MAKE NEON PROPS FOR MOVIE SETS. HIS WORK CAN BE SEEN IN FILMS AS DIVERSE AS BATMAN, BLADE RUNNER AND CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. THE RAINBOW FANCY DRESS AND SONATA JAZZ CAFÉ SIGNS IN STANLEY KUBRICK’S EYES WIDE SHUT ARE BOTH HIS.

HE ALSO MADE PIECES FOR OTHER ARTISTS: CREED’S WORK NO 232 (2000), A WHITE NEON SIGN AT TATE BRITAIN THAT READ “THE WHOLE WORLD + THE WORK = THE WHOLE WORLD”, WAS FABRICATED BY BRACEY, THIS SOLD AT AUCTION IN 2012 FOR £40,000.

WITH ITS MIX OF DESIGN, GREAT SKILL, COOL AND HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR, BRACEY’S WORK DEVELOPED A CELEBRITY FOLLOWING: JUDE LAW, KATE MOSS, JAY Z, ELTON JOHN AND LADY GAGA ARE ALL COLLECTORS.

BRACEY STANDS OUT FROM OTHER ARTISTS EXPERIMENTING WITH NEON SIGNAGE LIKE TRACEY EMIN AND BRUCE NAUMAN IN THAT HE BOTH CONCEPTUALISED AND PRODUCED HIS OWN NEON WORK. BORN ON DECEMBER 25, 1954 IN WALTHAMSTOW, LONDON, BRACEY WORKED AT HIS FATHER’S NEON SIGN BUSINESS FROM A YOUNG AGE AND WENT ON TO STUDY ART IN COLLEGE.

BRACEY DIED AGED 59 ON NOVEMBER , 2014 IN LONDON

ORIGIN: ENGLAND

DATE: 2010

DIMENSIONS:

HEIGHT:  159 CM

WIDTH : 96 CM

DEPTH: 75 CM

CONDITION: GOOD. ORIGNAL CONDITION, WITH NEW TRANSFORMER FITTED.

PRODUCT CODE: ART 547

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