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Chris Bracey

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Chris Bracey, who has died aged 59 of prostate cancer, was known as the Neon Man, sometimes as the Master of Glow. In his north London workshop, aptly named God’s Own Junkyard, he made and displayed neon signs that combined faith and irreverence.

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 eponymous Revuebar.

Following a chance meeting in the 80s with the art director of the film Mona Lisa, in Soho – Bracey was putting up a sex shop sign at the time – he had begun 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 skill, loucheness and Hollywood glamour, Bracey’s work developed a celebrity following: Jude Law, Kate Moss, Elton John and Lady Gaga were all collectors.

Chris Bracey - ROCK N ROLL HEART
Chris Bracey - LIVE THE DREAM
Chris Bracey - ENJOY WARHOL
Chris Bracey - FOREVER HEART
Chris Bracey - SAIL AWAY WITH ME HONEY
Chris Bracey - PRETTY VACANCY (US VERSION)
Chris Bracey - Reach Out & Touch Faith
Chris Bracey - OUT OF THE DARK
Chris Bracey - Let it Be
Chris Bracey - Forever and Ever
Chris Bracey - Art Is Never Finished
Chris Bracey - 45 REASONS TO GET OUT OF MY HOUSE
Chris Bracey - OBJECT OF DESIRE
Chris Bracey - PINK CLOUD LOVE MOTEL
Chris Bracey - NEVER ARE WE NEARER THE LIGHT
Chris Bracey - IS THIS THE REAL LIFE
Chris Bracey - IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL
Chris Bracey - LOVE AND HATE, 2013
Chris Bracey - LOVE AND ANGER, 2010
Chris Bracey - HALLO DARKNESS
Chris Bracey - LOVE SWEET LOVE,
Chris Bracey - LUXURY ADDICTION
Chris Bracey - LIVING IN NEW YORK
Chris Bracey - WHEN I AM KING
Chris Bracey - LUCKY DRAGON, 2012
Chris Bracey - Jesus Loves U
Chris Bracey - CADILLAC OF PARADISE
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