Chris Bracey: a neon light that will never go out

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Chris Bracey: a neon light that will never go out

Blinking "Girls, girls girls" signs, circus and fairground memorabilia and giant disco balls are just some of the dazzling items featured in a retrospective of neon light artist Chris Bracey.

The 59-year-old lost his battle with prostate cancer in November and had been planning to stage a showcase of his work in Soho, where his career first got started. His family decided the event should go ahead to honour his wishes.

The exhibition at the Lights of Soho gallery includes pieces from Bracey's 40-year-career. Many of them were taken from his Walthamstow base known as God's Own Junkyard, which houses the largest collection of neon art outside the US.

Dubbed the 'Neon-Man', he once said he had worked on 99% of all the signs on sex establishments in Soho over 20 years. His art was also featured in a number of films including Bladerunner, Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut and several Batman movies.

Bracey's widow Linda described him as "a light that would never go out" and said he had "passed the neon baton" to their three sons.

The exhibition runs until 18 January.

Alison Earle caught up with visitors to the gallery and Chris Bracey, the Neon Artist himself:


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