I love the neon-light artist Chris Bracey. The guru of neons works in a studio called God’s Own Junkyard in east London. “It’s a graveyard of new and reclaimed neon signs, lights from fairgrounds and arcades, vintage signs from America, as well as original pieces he makes on site. Stanley Kubrick has been there; he paid Bracey a visit after he hired him to make the neon signs for his last film, Eyes Wide Shut.
“He was intrigued,” says Bracey. “He had never worked with neon before, and fell in love with it.”
His neighbour is Grayson Perry, whose studio is 500 yards away, and who regularly pops in for cups of tea. “His studio is really tidy and clean, my place is a mess,” says Bracey. “I’m always cutting up steel, making neon and 3D objects. It’s a bit like Andy Warhol’s Factory – we are always trying to reinvent things.”
“We” is Bracey and his team of 10 who work flat out to construct his works, either from scratch or by recycling vintage signs and old lights. Recent commissions include the giant neon Aladdin Sane lightning bolt which hangs above the door of the new V&A exhibition David Bowie Is, as well as a neon sign, “Roc Nation” for Jay-Z’s record label and a giant 3D Union Jack for the latest Rimmel advert with Kate Moss. His celebrity collectors include Damien Hirst, Jude Law, Kate Moss, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Richard Curtis, Ray Winstone, Tim Burton, and Vivienne Westwood.”” Via http://www.independent.co.uk
As a perfectionist that he is Bracey limits his collections to a three series in any edition and if he could he wouldnt sell any of it since he refused offered £30,000 for his neon God Save the Queen. He works in many materials like metals, acrylics, neons, paints and wiring to make is signs… and the results is that amazing colorfull combinations that you can check out at http://www.godsownjunkyard.co.uk/