One for pos­ter­ity

Bri­tish-born Aus­tralian artist David Brom­ley is set to make his Malaysian de­but with por­trai­ture and more.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Art - (acrylic on can­vas with metal leaf gild­ing, 2017). (acrylic on can­vas with metal leaf gild­ing, 2017). By D.KANYAKU­MARI star2@thes­

AT first glance no one would be able to tell that this unas­sum­ingly tall Aus­tralian is an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artist.

In per­son, David Brom­ley, with his ca­sual dress sense and hum­ble man­ner­isms, ex­udes a charm­ing per­sona, which is deeply re­flected in his work. He men­tions that his art, all through the years, has been in­spired by love and hap­pi­ness.

The 57-year-old Bri­tish-born Brom­ley, who has made Aus­tralia his home, is most com­fort­able talk­ing about his art ca­reer, es­pe­cially to a small group of Malaysian me­dia, which vis­ited him at his stu­dio lo­cated on Chapel Street in Mel­bourne late last month.

Brom­ley is set to de­but his first Malaysian solo at KL Life­style Art Space (KLAS) in Pe­tal­ing Jaya, start­ing Aug 8. The World Of David Brom­ley ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing 60 var­ied works, will be his ma­jor in­tro­duc­tion to the art-lov­ing pub­lic here.

In his quaint stu­dio, he tells us that his life in the art scene be­gan at a mar­ket place in Aus­tralia.

“I was at a mar­ket (in Ade­laide) and I saw a woman with a lot of pot­tery and I thought to my­self, that is what I want to do,” re­mem­bers Brom­ley.

“I asked her if I could learn how to do pot­tery, and she said there was a course in a town 45 min­utes away. I think I rang them up and asked if I could join and they said sure,” he adds.

Back then, Brom­ley worked “day and night” on his pot­tery craft, ad­ding on quirky ex­per­i­men­ta­tions.

“I got good at it and af­ter a while I had asked for a job where I was learn­ing and they gave me a job. I stayed on, sell­ing the pot­tery I made and that is how it all be­gan. I never ac­tu­ally thought I was go­ing to be an artist,” he ad­mits.

Brom­ley, a father to five chil­dren, says that be­ing able make art for a liv­ing is like a fairy­tale to him.

He also points out that his de­ci­sion to switch from be­ing a pot­ter to a painter was a sim­ple one. Brom­ley re­mem­bers that he walked into an art sup­ply store one day and de­cided he wanted to try paint­ing.

“I started paint­ing slowly since I was still do­ing pots. Peo­ple saw my works and they liked it. From there, I was of­fered an ex­hi­bi­tion,” says Brom­ley, who can pride him­self with work that is en­dur­ingly fig­u­ra­tive, dar­ingly coloured and ex­e­cuted.

“I needed some­thing to keep me busy and art, it has an un­de­fin­able out­come. So I was do­ing some­thing all the time.”

Brom­ley, who is now mar­ried to fash­ion de­signer Yuge Yu, has col­lab­o­rated with var­i­ous projects around the world, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ers and restau­rants. They also



Sheena (acrylic on can­vas with metal leaf gild­ing, 2017).

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