David Bray’s compelling works come from a lifetime love of drawing and an active imagination. Born in Dartford, Kent, in…
David Bray’s compelling works come from a lifetime love of drawing and an active imagination.
Born in Dartford, Kent, in 1970, as a child Bray would draw images of space travel, where he would depict himself and his friends visiting other planets and universes. His interest soon moved to London in the 1970’s, but too young for the punk movement to interest him, he began to explore a dark, egotistical fantasy world, which is still apparent in the work he makes today.
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. Many of the works are based on past experiences, old relationships or current friendships, which is apparent from the titles he gives works such as ‘Seasons of Missed Opportunities 1 and 2’; two portraits of beautiful girls surrounded by decorative flowers. At first glance these works are images of perfection, but the title suggests something lost, or a feeling of regret, and suddenly they become bitter portraits of disappointment and missed chances.
This sinister side is apparent in much of Bray’s work, which can often be quite dark.
As well as working as a practising artist, David Bray has been a successful freelance illustrator since 1996. Corporate clients have included absolut, Harvey Nichols, H&M, Canon, Vodafone, BBC Television, Nokia, Puma, Virgin, Sony, Kickers and Charles Worthington and magazines have included Carlos, Elle, Flaunt, The Sunday Times and Time Out.
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Animation produced by Private View, animated by Richard Acton with some of my illustrations
Short advert for MTV’s Dirty Sanchez show, screen in UK cinemas
Short promotional film we made about Dave and distributed on DVD
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Interview with David Bray prior to one man show at Stolen Space gallery
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