David Bromley

United Kingdom 1960

Pop Art, Figurative Art


David Bromley
David Bromley
United Kingdom
March 11, 2016
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When one artist defines himself as high school drop-out, surf bum, and a lost boy who discovered clay – his art couldn’t be anything less than charming and honest. David Bromley first employed art just to help him pacify his overactive mind, but then he fell in love and decided to dedicate his whole life to it.

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David Bromley – First Love. Image © The Cat Street Gallery

David’s Figurative Expressionism Done in a Pop Art manner

Bromley was born in Sheffield, England, in 1960. When he was four years old, his family moved to Australia where he grew up and got interested in pottery. Soon, he shifted his focus, becoming a painter who emerged on the Adelaide art scene in the mid-80s. It didn’t take long for the public to recognize this artist’s innovative approach, so David Bromley became a well-known artist in Australia, but worldwide as well. David draws inspiration and ideas mostly from his the books of his childhood but pop artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein as well. His large-scale artworks could be defined as figurative expressionism done in a Pop Art manner. The themes he covers are mostly classified into three groups – Boys Own adventure project, Female Nude series, and Butterflies. What these series have in common is David’s figurative method and his use of vivid colors.

Exploring the Phenomena of Innocence

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David Bromley – Real Pirates. Image © The Cat Street Gallery

Boys Own adventure Project

For the project about Boys Own adventure, Bromley was inspired by The Boy’s Own Paper, a British story paper for the young and teenage boys, coming out between 1879 and 1967. The aim of this project is to explore phenomena of innocence that belongs to children only and to question the possibility of finding once lost purity and naturalness of one’s soul. Paintings belonging to this enigmatic series linger somewhere between sentimentality and symbolism, but were never explained by the author as he prefers to avoid the explicitly of a message sent and to leave the interpretation to a viewer’s imagination and his life experience.

Bromle’s Techniques of Layering and Texturing

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David Bromley – Laura and Laura after Degas-Gardier. Image © The Cat Street Gallery

Female Nudes

David’s portrays of nude females are made in layering and texturing techniques, carried out in a metallic paint. The leitmotif of leaves is merged with black outlines and vibrant colors. The way Bromley fused traditional portrait and contemporary expression in Female Nudes series, only emphasize this artist’s skill to create an original and seductive art piece depicting a femme fatale.

David’s characteristic brushworks blur the line between the subject and the background

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David Bromley – Butterfly I. Image copyrights © Australian Art Sales Digest, Courtesy of Leonard Joel

Butterflies Series

Before moving to Melbourne, David has been painting in sort of a partly outside studio in semi-tropical surroundings, listening and absorbing any hint of a communication nature offered. His first painted butterflies date from this period of time. After moving to a noisy city (even though he enjoy its busy streets), Bromley felt the urge to start painting butterflies again. Only, this time, it wasn’t a product of direct inspiration from butterflies’ visits in Byron – for these painting, the author had to take a trip to the garden he nurtures inside his mind, dreams and imagination.

Any piece done by David Bromley offers viewers his characteristic graphic brushwork, blurring lines between the color of the subject and the color of the background, due to his heavy layering of paint. However, he is extremely precise in his expression, and sometimes all he needs to capture the appearance or manner of someone’s face is just one brush stroke.

Bromle’s sculptures are simply emboding of his paintings

David Bromely - Sculptures
David Bromely – Sculptures

Exhibitions Held on Every Continent but Antarctic

From the beginning of his career, Bromley held more than 30 solo exhibitions throughout the entire Australia, Europe, Asia, States, and Africa. Actually, if we don’t count Antarctic, he has been exhibiting on any continent there is! No wonder he is listed as one of Australia’s 50 most collectible artists by the Australian Art Collector magazine. Numerous private and public collections acquired his work, so it could be seen in London, Paris, Tokyo, Johannesburg, United States… This artist was a four-time finalist for the Archibald Prize, the most important portraiture prize in Australia and was commissioned to portrait many famous people, like filmmaker Scott Hicks, actor Hugo Weaving and pop-star Kylie Minogue amongst the others.

Bromley&Co – the web that connects artists and artisans


Bromley&Co – one Rather Unusual Family Business

Today, Bromley is well-known artist – a brilliant portraitist, who established a little artistic oasis named Bromley&Co. As he explains, it is the web that connects artists and artisans in an effort to assist and answer to any type of intervention needed in a field of art, design, interiors, and fashion. Bromley&Co is led by an artist and his wife Yume, but also by many of their friends, relatives, and colleagues. One rule is strictly applied on this project – and that is to obey the custom to choose projects based on their feeling and passion.

This artist is represented by The Cat Street Gallery.

David Bromley currently lives in Byron Bay, New South Wales in Australia.

Artworks images copyright © artist,The Cat Street Gallery and Leonard Joel for Australian Art Sales Digest
David Bromley’s profile image copyright © Peter Stoop for Newcastle Herald, Australia

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2006David BromleyTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2006Group showThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2005David BromleyTim Olsen Gallery Annex, SydneySolo
2004David BromleyTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2004David BromleyJan Murphy Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2004David BromleyScott Livesey Art Dealer, MelbourneSolo
2004David BromleyKagoshima, JapanSolo
2004David BromleyObsession Gallery, TokyoSolo
2004David BromleyEverard Reed Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaSolo
2003David BromleyTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2003David BromleyScott Livesey Art Dealer, MelbourneSolo
2003David BromleyHirosaku Degawa, Kyoto JapanSolo
2003Group showMarion Harris, New YorkGroup
2003Group showPalm Beach, FloridaGroup
2003Group showMiami, FloridaGroup
2003Group showArt London, UKGroup
2002David BromleyRebbecca Hossack, LondonSolo
2002David BromleyScott Livesey, MelbourneSolo
2002David BromleyChapman Gallery, CanberraSolo
2002Group showBristol Art Fair,UKGroup
2002Art 2002LondonGroup
2002Group showMarion Harris , New YorkGroup
2002Group showNicola Townsend, TokyoGroup
2002Group showArchibald Prize, AGNSWGroup
2002Group showDoug Moran Portrait PrizeGroup
2002Modern Living ArtTokyo, JapanGroup
2002Group showNicola Townsend, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2001David BromleyTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2001David BromleyScott Livesey Art Dealer, MelbourneSolo
2001David BromleyJan Murphy Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2001David BromleyHill Smith Fine Art, AdelaideSolo
2000David BromleyScott Livesey Art Dealer, MelbourneSolo
2000An Affair to Remember High CommissionSingaporeGroup
2000Art Exhibition ELobby TokyoGroup
2000Archibald Sporting Prize (finalist)Art Gallery of New South WalesGroup
1999David BromleyJan Murphy, BrisbaneSolo
1999David BromleyHill Smith Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1999David BromleyChapman Galleries, CanberraSolo
1999Salon de Refuse, ArchibaldArt Gallery of New South WalesGroup
1999Wales ArtLondonLondonGroup
1999Works on PaperJan Murphy GalleryGroup
1998David BromleyPerth Galleries, MelbourneSolo
1998David BromleyKozminsky Galleries, MelbourneSolo
1998David BromleyJan Murphy Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1997David BromleyJan Murphy Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
1997David BromleyCoventry, SydneySolo
1997David BromleyGreenaway Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1996David BromleyJan Murphy Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
1996David BromleyGrand Orbit Artspace, BrisbaneSolo
1996David BromleyDick Bett Gallery, HobartSolo
1995David BromleyGreenaway Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1995David BromleyCoventry, SydneySolo
1995David BromleyJan Murphy, BrisbaneSolo
1994David BromleyDick Bett Gallery, HobartSolo
1994Moet & ChandonSport Artspace, AdelaideGroup
199420 Artists, 20 YearsCoventry, SydneyGroup
1993David BromleyGreenaway Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1993David BromleyCoventry, SydneySolo
1993David BromleyDick Bett Gallery, HobartSolo
1993David BromleyVictor Mace Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
1993Fisher Ghost AwardNSWGroup
1993Moet & ChandonChandler Gallery:A Private CollectionCampbelltown City Art GalleryGroup
1992David BromleyGreenaway Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1992David BromleyCoventry, SydneySolo
1992David Bromley, Noel McKenna, Hobart CoventrySydneyGroup
1991David BromleyCoventry, SydneySolo
1991New Art FiveCoventry, SydneyGroup
1990David BromleyBMG Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1990BMGAdelaide Coventry, SydneyGroup
1989David BromleyCoventry, SydneySolo
1989Selected SurveyNoosa Regional Gallery, Noosa Coventry, SydneyGroup
1988David BromleyLa Trobe Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
1988Group ShowLa Trobe Gallery, BrisbaneGroup
1988Gold Coast Invitation Art PrizeGold Coast City Art GalleryGroup
1987David BromleyBeach House Design, Noosa Heads Solo