Neon showcase at Lights of Soho gallery
London’s newest art gallery & private members bar, hosted a Chris Bracey / God’s own Junkyard exhibition. Lights of Soho is unique art gallery space and members bar in the heart of Soho on The Berwick Street that is a vibrant and diverse destination with a rich heritage. The venue provides a platform for celebrated “cultural lights” to display their work and a focus on “light art”.
This time Lights of Soho highlighted world-famous artist Chris Bracey. It’s a year since the magical light impresario and neon artist Chris Bracey so very sadly passed away from prostate cancer. 12 months on, his presence still acutely felt at Gods Own Junkyard in Walthamstow, Bracey’s remaining family of neon makers officially showcase their own work for the very first time at Lights of Soho.
Chris’s wife Linda and son Marcus are amongst those producing amazing new work. The whole family gathered at this event, presenting their latest work to the public.
I was very impressed by the famous master and his family’s work. They bring an unusual feel to the interior. As an interior designer, I can confidently say that anyone who makes a purchase – will not regret it.
About Chris Bracey
During the sixties and seventies, Bracey flouted planning permission and council guidelines, transforming London’s West End into a nocturnal playground, re-signing sex clubs and the infamously seedy establishments, reinventing the visual landscape with the nostalgia of fairground’s flashing lights and exotic typographies. The passionate recycler salvaged signs, window displays and discarded neon resurrecting the ‘junk’ into winking animated dancing women and the universally recognised signs like ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’, which he is credited for. This made him a popular choice with nightclub owners who continued to commission him until the area flashed with colour and light.
Over his lifetime he acquired the largest collection of neon art in Europe selling pieces to art collectors including Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Mark Zuckerberg, the Beckhams, and Damien Hirst to name a few.