ONLINE ART GALLERY EXHIBITION: DAVID BRAY - TEAR OBSERVATIONAL, POPEYE HALLUCINATIONAL
Its about utilising the ordinary and everyday to create something beautiful. My formative years traversed punk to acid house, both inherently steeped in diy culture. And that is where my heart lies.
The more I see or hear artists bang on about their special art paper or the correct special art paint to use, the more I want to head in the other direction. Its because the work I do is based on that punk ethos. punk with a small 'p'. Just make something. Use what you've got. Thats why I use biro pens stolen from the bookies: paint with tippex, draw with highlighters.... whatever implement is available immediately, right now, no excuses. These pieces are executed with biro and colour pencil
The subjects are based purely on the acid house/ecstasy experience. Its all there, the dilated pupils, the beauty rush, the matted sweaty hair, the ridiculousness, jesus on the payroll. The tears are tears of pure joy. I dream of popeye and i wake up crying.