Before Chris Bracey finally lost his battle against prostate cancer on November 4, the 59 year-old artist had been planning to bring the best bits of his neon paradise, God’s Own Junkyard, from Walthamstow to the salacious heart of the city. Despite his passing, the exhibition is going ahead and opens today at Lights of Soho on Brewer Street.
The collection of glowing signs and memorabilia, which will be on display until January 18, harks back to Soho in the ’70s, when Bracey took over the neon sign-making business from his father Dick. Featuring pieces from Bracey’s 40-year-long career, the show includes giant disco balls that glitter in the twinkling lights of peekaboo club signs and flamboyant imagery, immersing onlookers in a world of fantasy.
By Danielle Goldstein