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The Devil + Idle Hands, 2015, oil on canvas, 100cm x 100cm

The East Sussex Open 2016 at The Towner Gallery, Eastbourne opens this Friday evening alongside 2 other exhibitions – Some Are Nights Others Stars (featuring work by Michael Armitage, Ruth Claxton, Tiffany Chung, Siobhan Hapaska, Isaac Julien) and David Bomberg: A Sense of Place.

East Sussex Open 2016
23 July – 25 September
(opening night/Summer Party Friday 22 July, 6.30pm-midnight)
Towner Gallery, Devonshire Place, College Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ
townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/east-sussex-open-2016

My painting The Devil + Idle Hands 1 (above) was selected for the ESO 2016, and I was really chuffed that they are also using it as the publicity image for the exhibition, which means it has already graced the pages of the Towner exhibition programme, as well as featuring in adverts across local media.

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I Think Of You And I Smile (crop)An image of my painting I Think Of You And I Smile has been included in a community project on Worthing’s 1930s Streamline Moderne pier.

Art On The Pier‘ was unveiled a week ago, and will be in situ until May 2017.

My piece is one of 50 selected by Creative Waves, and on display – alongside 2 other projects ‘Appear On The Pier’ (featuring ‘selfies’ created by local school pupils) and ‘Post To The Coast’ (a postcard response project) – in the open-air galleries along the centre of the pier.

Signed and numbered print editions of I Think Of You And I Smile are available from Subversion Gallery, Glasgow and Art Republic, Brighton, as well as Sticks Gallery, Portsmouth (for a limited time).

Solo Show, Garbo's, Southsea (installation view)
I was recently selected for a small solo exhibition at a gallery space in Southsea.

Dominic Bradnum – NEON
Early May – 04 July 2016
Garbo’s Gallery Space, 11-13 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SE

Here are some enthusiastic words they wrote to introduce the show:

“We fell in love with Dominic’s work on seeing it. His paintings of neon signs, juxtapose the traditional painterly medium of oil paint with the vibrant newness of the electric neon sign. Dominic’s work cleverly recreates [neon’s] affects and appeal through oil paint, even managing to recreate its haunting and ethereal glow against the darkness of the black.“ 

More info: sticksgallery.co.uk/dominic-bradnum-neon/

Sticks Gallery are also stocking 3 of my print editions (I Think Of You And I Smile, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Last Bastion Of Hope) for the duration of the exhibition at their main gallery in Osborne Mall, Fareham, PO16 0PQ

Following my recent participation in a group show at 45 Park Lane, London, I’m pleased to have sold my painting Neon Graffiti (For Guy Debord & The Situationist International) to a collector in Monaco.

Neon Graffiti (For Guy Debord & The Situationist International), 2015, oil and mixed media on canvas, 75cm x 100cm

The painting was based on an original piece of graffiti (trans: “Never Work”), scrawled across a wall in the Rue de Seine, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris by Guy Debord, sometime in 1953. The slogan was later taken up by the student/worker movement in the May 1968 uprising. The original piece of graffiti apparently still survives in what is now a prime real estate location amongst the high-end galleries and antique dealers, and in close proximity to the Louvre, as well as the legendary Les Deux Magots and Café des Flores.

 

The original painting had a huge amount of interest both before and during the show, so now that the original has sold, I will put some serious thought to releasing a giclée print edition at some time in the future.

Please feel free to express your interest via email: info[at]dominicbradnum.co.uk

I have a set of 4 new neon paintings currently showing at 45 Park Lane as part of a group exhibition alongside fellow WAC prize winner Kirsten Baskett, with works by members of the 45 Park Lane Artists group.

01 December 2015 – 07 January 2016
Group Exhibition: WAC prize winners Dominic Bradnum & Kirsten Baskett with 45 Park Lane Artists Group
45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1PN

All works are for sale, please enquire at reception for a full price-list.

The Last Bastion Of Hope, 2014, oil and mixed media on canvas, 100cm x 150cmToday sees the release of a new print edition.

The Last Bastion Of Hope is the latest in my “bleak postcards” series of paintings* to be released as a limited edition print.

Set in a bleak, twilit landscape, the neon serves as a sign of life, of hope, in this barren wilderness. And yet, as you draw nearer, you can’t shake the creeping feeling that this place was abandoned long ago. It’s just that someone forgot to switch the neon lights off.

*see also Kiss Me Quick and Wish You Were Here.

The print is a limited giclée print from an edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist, and printed on 330gsm Somerset Velvet paper with hand torn deckled edges.
Available now through Art Republic.