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David Bromley

David Bromley was born in Sheffield, England in 1960 and immigrated to Australia with his family in 1964.

Bromley 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'.

David Bromley has held solo exhibitions with Tim Olsen Gallery since 2001. In the past five years, his work has achieved a global identity with major exhibitions held throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA.

Works by David Bromley are represented in collections in Australia to include; Artbank, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2007

Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
2006 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Hill - Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
2005 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
Obsession Gallery, Japan
Rice Polak Gallery, Massachusetts, USA
2004 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Everard Reed Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Obsession Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
Kagoshima, Japan
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2003 Obsession Gallery, Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan
Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Perth Galleries, Perth
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Susanne Zander Galerie, Koln Germany
Hill-Smith Fine Art, Adelaide
2002 Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
Chapman Gallery, Canberra
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2001 Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
Hill-Smith Fine Art, Adelaide
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2000 Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
Atelier de Cyrille Varet - Viaduc des Arts, Paris
Perth Galleries, Perth
1999 Hill-Smith Fine Art, Adelaide
Chapman Gallery, Canberra
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
1998 Perth Galleries, Perth
Kozminski Galleries, Melbourne
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
1997 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1996 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Grand Orbit Artspace, Brisbane
Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
1995 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
1994 Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
1993 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
Victor Mace Gallery, Brisbane
1992 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1991 Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1990 BMG Gallery, Adelaide
1989 Coventry Gallery, Sydney
   
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 The Grand Opening, Scott Livesey Gallery, Melbourne
New York AAF, USA
Art Miami, USA
Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Zaishu Show, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2005 Art Palm Beach, USA
Art London, UK
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Rice Polak Gallery, Massachusetts, USA
Salon de Refuse (ARCHIBALD),SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
Art Glasgow, Scotland
2004 Toronto International Art Fair, Canada
New York AAF, USA
Art Koln, Germany
artLONDON Art Fair, London
Art Palm Beach, USA
Finalist in the Archibald Prize (McLean Edwards), AGNSW
Glasgow Art Fair, Scotland
2003 ArtMiami, USA
Art Palm Beach, USA
Art2003, London
Alchemy, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Alchemy, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2002 The Outsider Art Fair, Marion Harris, New York
4 x 4, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Australian Visions, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo
artLONDON Art Fair, London
Finalist in the Archibald Prize (Charles Blackman), AGNSW
Winter Artists x 12, Perth Galleries, Perth, Western Australia
Bristol Art Fair, UK
20/21 Century British Art Fair
2001 Modern Living Art, Mitsukoshi, Tokyo
Finalist in the Archibald Prize (Long Tom Tjapanangka), AGNSW
Artists Supporting Animal Preservation, Sydney
artLONDON Art Fair, London
2000 Three Men in a Boat, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Finalist in the Archibald Sporting Portrait Prize, AGNSW
Affair to Remember, Australian High Commission, Singapore
Ten Australian Artists, Nicola Townsend Art Dealer, Tokyo
Finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize
artLONDON Art Fair, London
1999 Finalist in the Archibald Prize, AGNSW
Salon de Refuse (ARCHIBALD), SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
1989 Selected Survey, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa
1997 Salon de Refuse (ARCHIBALD), SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
1996 Salon de Refuse (WYNNE), SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
1994 Finalist in Moet & Chandon Award
Sport, Artspace, Adelaide
20 Artists / 20 Years, Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1993 Winner - Fisher Ghost Award, New South Wales
Finalist in Moet & Chandon Award
Chandler Coventry: A Private Collection, Campbelltown City Art Gallery
Victor Mace Gallery, Brisbane
1992 Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1991 New Art Five, Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1990 BMG Gallery, Adelaide
Coventry Gallery, Sydney

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

David  Bromley
Portrait image courtesy of InsideOut magazine

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