This warped sense of humour and tone of voice is evident through his work, using basic drawing tools, such as pens, pencils and paper, Bray creates delicate and time-consuming drawings which explore emotion, utopia and a world of fantasy through his subject matter mainly focusing on the beautiful and the un-attainable female form.
The drawings for his new body of work are heavily influenced by hand poked naive tattoos and inspired by Eric Gill, James Ensor, Eric Stanton, Bart Simpson, ancient Greece, to name but a few. There is indeed a reason for such a random selection.
“Having spent a few weeks last year getting lost in America on a trip with musician Georg Lubitzer. We encountered a character called Yossarian who gave me a list of names, subjects and even specific compositions that i should use in my work.”
David Bray is staying faithful to that list. “To stay faithful to this would open up channels to a world of magical thinking, he promised, who am I to turn down such a promise?’