An artistic force that refuses to slow down.
Acclaimed as inventive and inspirational, criticised for being too commercial, David Bromley is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Australian art. Adelaide-raised Bromley turns out work as if his life depends on it – and perhaps it does. Manic, iconic, larger than life, he and wife Yuge seem able to do anything except stand still. Canvasses, pottery, sculpture, museum installations, coffee mugs and pillows all stream from their Daylesford studio. Noted Melbourne photographer Sean McDonald has got closer than anyone to Bromley’s process which involves children, dogs, punctured spray cans and even a steamroller. David Wenham, Julia Stone, Kate Ceberano and a host of art world figures pay tribute to an artist and friend. There is much here about the relationship of art and commerce, about Bromley’s methods and battle with mental illness, but beyond all that this is a triumphant portrait of art as an expression of joy and innocence, and the sheer exuberance of creativity.