DAVID BROMLEY

Born 1960

David Bromley was born in Sheffield, England in 1960 and immigrated to Australia with his family in 1964. He emerged as a painter in the mid 1980s. In the early stages of his career, he held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Adelaide and represented works in state and regional galleries, to include finalist in the Archibald Prize, AGNSW, in 1999, 2001 and 2004.

In his practice, David Bromley has developed themes for two distinct and unique styles of painting; the female portrait and the children’s series.

In the works based on children, impressions of the joy and innocence of childhood are ever-present. The compositions are reminiscent of bygone days and loaded with toys, pets and adventure. As seen in recent paintings of summers by the sea, the artist reveals a playful inquisitiveness that provokes fond memories of youth. In the portrait series, Bromley explores the female form. Commonly, the paintings are life size poses, whether provocative or demure, of models from fashion and film.

The portraits are commanding and seductive, the females attractive and bare breasted. However diverse in his subject matter, Bromley’s work is enduringly figurative, daringly coloured and executed with a graphic intention reminiscent of Warhol’s Pop Art from the 1960s. This can be seen in the layering of high key colour, graphic brushwork and gold and silver leaf. Bromley states that he is inspired by Warhol’s work, ‘in particular his portraiture and figurative work.

COLLECTIONS
Allen, Allen & Hemsley, Sydney
Annelie Brunsten Gallery, Germany
Artbank, Australia; Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Baker & McKenzie, Sydney
Campbelltown City Art Gallery
CCT Internet Travel, Brisbane
Derwent Collection, Hobart
De Pasquale Advertising, Brisbane
Derwent Collection, Hobart
Flinders University, South Australia
Gadens Ridgeway, Sydney
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Marsdens, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria
Northern Territory Art Museum
Optus, Brisbane
Pan Continental Mining
Radisson Playford, Adelaide
Red Ochre Restaurant, Adelaide
St Peter’s College, Adelaide
Tamar Collection, Hobart
Taxation Department, Melbourne
Tiffins on the Park, Adelaide
University of the Northern Territory
University of Southern Qld