Neon artist Chris Bracey also known as “the Neon Man” or “the Master of Glow” was born in London on December 25, 1954. He moved into making neon signage for his father’s company Electro Signs at a young age.
Starting from the 70’s and over the next 30 years, he created hundreds of neon signs for Soho bars and shops.
Many of these pieces – real works of art – often employed non-stop outdoors, are still functioning nowadays.
Differently from artists like Tracey Emin (and similarly to his fellow neon artist and craftsman Darren West), who commissioned concepts to be turned into neon by someone else, Bracey did all the work himself, or with the help of his neon team at God’s Own Junkyard, his own neon-museum and studio in North West London.
His neon artworks appeared in an impressive list of Hollywood blockbusters such as Eyes Wide Shut, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman, Blade Runner, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Dark Knight, and Byzantium among others.
Over the years Bracey’s work developed a large cult and celebrity following: Jude Law, Kate Moss, Elton John and Lady Gaga were among his VIP collectors. Some of his sex signs were recently acquired by a Berlin museum.
His pieces have been selling extremely well at auctions even before his passing in November 2014, often at hammering prices within and often above estimates.
In 2011 “God Save The Queen” sold for £21,250 (above the high estimate of £18,000) at the Phillips auction house in London.
Neon signs, initially conceived as commercial signage and sold for relatively modest prices, acquired a work of art status and went on to command tens of thousands of pounds at auction.
Bracey, both a neon craftsman and an artist enormously helped neon art collectibility grow among notable art collectors, VIP’s and art lovers worldwide.
Following Bracey’s steps, Escobar is seeing the value of his neon creations increase significantly.
His self-crafted artisan neon art is started being collected by top global collectors – http://www.waltonfinearts.com/escobar/