BRIGHT dazzling lights always take me back to childhood memories of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and walking into the Staying Alive Neon exhibition was no different. Although admittedly I have never been plied with champagne, lobster mini burgers and tuna tartare cones at Blackpool Promenade before.
Revered artists Chris Bracey and Christian Furr have collaborated to bring us the neon spectacular that is the Staying Alive exhibition. Evoking the spirit of pop culture, rock n roll, and Vegas the glowing artworks provide a feel-good, tongue-in-cheek assault on the senses. Keys pieces include a colour-changing silhouette of the Beatles; a lion’s head mounted upon a heart shaped union jack; and a mechanical neon coffin that ejects an incandescent clown to the tune of the Bee Gee’s classic ‘Staying Alive’.
Pillow Magazine was invited to the private viewing hosted by Bar 45 at Park Lane Art Hotel where the pieces will remain on show until the 30th August for both admiration and purchase alike. The atmosphere of the opening night was intimate and buzzy with 80’s popstars, models and art collectors mingling among the artist’s friends and family. Christian Furr is well known as the youngest artist to paint Queen Elizabeth II (at the tender age of 28) while Chris ‘Neon Man’ Bracey is responsible for iconic artworks admired by a global cult following. The creative duo decided to join forces last year and this collaboration does not fail to live up to their reputations.
For more information please check out the 45 Park Lane website.