David Bromley – Picture Book



Title: David Bromley – A Picture Book First and Foremost
Duration: 5:32
Year: 2013
Director/DOP: Peter M Lamont
Music: Peter M Lamont
Description: Interview with Australian Artist David Bromley discussing his book “A Picture Book first and Foremost”.

David Bromley’s ‘A Picture Book (first and foremost)‘ is a printed photographic documentary in three volumes. Hard-cover bound in a heavy custom case, these three volumes represents a snapshot in the life of one of Australia’s most successful artists.

The publication is presented in two unique editions: A standard edition and a bespoke limited edition. The standard edition presents three books within a hand made slip case with accompanying mailer, while the limited edition presents the three volumes in a hand made leather school bag, hand bound and painted leather / canvas covers and a limited edition print.

From the children’s volume featuring his famous ‘Boys Own’ series, through his figurative yet abstract explorations of the nude female form, to intimate – almost voyeuristic – views of his very private inner spaces, these volumes are indeed a rare treat.

Designed by 3 Deep Design, images by Earl Carter and words by Matthew Sturgis and Ashley Crawford, A Picture Book First and Foremost is a stunning example of Australian Cultural publishing.

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 mid1980s. In the early stages of his career, he held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Adelaide and represented works in state and regional galleries which have included finalists in the Archibald Prize 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 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 models attractive and bare breasted. Works by David Bromley appear in collections around Australia including Art bank, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria. This piece is part of one of David Bromley’s first ever Limited Edition screen-print series.