Renowned British neon artist Chris Bracey has collaborated with Vauxhall Motors to create the ‘Cool Britannia Collection’; a series of new and original artworks in celebration of the Vauxhall Mokka. Each piece is a one of a kind.
Chris Bracey’s artwork is revealed in a short film which offers an insight into the process and inspiration behind the designs.
Vauxhall Mokka is a compact SUV, combining attractive design with innovative technologies and exclusive functionalities. Taking inspiration from the car’s design, Chris Bracey has chosen three words describing the car to include in his artworks – Power, Refined and Adventure. These words are highlighted in neon and incorporated into phrases taken from British popular culture:
“A classic lyric from one of the most influential British bands of all time – the Clash. Punk was the last time where British music was truly original. This lyric from the track White Riot is fired up with British working class spirit.”
“This is a lyric taken from Dame Shirley Bassey's Big Spender, one of the signature songs by the legendary British export. She performed the song at Glastonbury and Prince Phillip's birthday. The song was released in 1967, during the British summer of love and has endured as a timeless classic, much like Dame Bassey herself.”
“This is a line from Winnie the Pooh to Piglet in one of the stories by English author A.A Milne. There's something so enduring about this classic British bear but the line is also really romantic too.”
Chris Bracey has been the ‘Neon Man’ for 40 years. He began his career by transforming the Soho area in the ‘60s, redefining the recognisable aesthetic of the area. Since then, he has created pieces for iconic films, from Tim Burton’s Batman to Blade Runner and Eyes Wide Shut. He has also created pieces for artists including David La Chappelle and Martin Creed as well as window displays for Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood.
On 29 May, Chris’ Cool Britannia artworks were auctioned for Kids Company, as part of their Spring Clean campaign, at a pop-up shop of one-off designer pieces and products by Lee Broom, Martin Brudnizki, Nina Campbell amongst others. The pieces raised £9,500 for the charity. Take a look at other works by Chris Bracey.
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