“LET ME PUT MY POEMS IN YOU” – David Bray solo show @ no format opening this Thursday 14th June – 5pm – 9pm
“The title derives its name from a throwaway gag in the Will Ferrell movie ‘Blades of Glory’. It’s an absurd title, reflecting the ridiculous subjects of the drawings. Unfortunately in the last few years, too many of my friends have passed away – life can sometimes seem very bleak and sad. This body of work is an attempt to step away from that darkness – into a world of unbridled joy and stupidity.” – David Bray
David Bray’s compelling works come from a lifetime love of drawing and an active imagination. Using basic working tools, such as pens, pencils and paper bought from ordinary stationary shops, Bray creates intricate, time-consuming drawings, which explore emotion, utopia and a world of fantasy.
Born in Dartford, Kent, in 1970, as a child Bray would apparently draw images of space travel, where he would depict himself and his friends visiting other Planets and Universes. As he grew older he began to explore a dark, egotistical fantasy world, which is still apparent in the work he makes today being influenced and inspired by a wide range of artists: from Allen Jones, Eric Stanton, to erotic photography by Helmut Newton and Araki. Bray has exhibited worlwide – having shown in London, Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Portland, Los Angeles and Perth. As well as an exhibiting artist, Bray has had a successful career as a commercial illustrator since graduating in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins in 1992.
Clients have included: Absolut, Puma, Agent Provocateur, VW, Vodafone, MTV, Nokia, The New York Times, GQ and more. His collaboration with photographer Tim Bret Day on the Harvey Nichols advertising campaign ‘HN on Earth’ is now in the permanent poster collection at the Louvre. Bray has recently resurrected his design practice: clients including Virgin Atlantic and Terence Conran.
His show at no format sees Bray working on large scale portraiture, with overiding themes of loss, voodoo, religion and sadness……
Exhibition open: Fri 15th, Sat 16th and Sun 17th June & Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd and Sun 24th June (11am – 5pm)