Romany Mark Bruce

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Author: Alex Leith

Category: The arts

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: UNICORN PRESS

ISBN: 9781911397939

RRP: $80.99

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In 2007 Romany Mark Bruce, Irish-born lawyer and self-taught artist, was confronted by a stranger while walking his dog in Kemptown, Brighton. ‘I want a word with you,’ said the mysterious fellow, and walked off, without further explanation. Two days later, Romany received a follow-up email: would he consider mocking up a design for an AIDS ……

In 2007 Romany Mark Bruce, Irish-born lawyer and self-taught artist, was confronted by a stranger while walking his dog in Kemptown, Brighton. ‘I want a word with you,’ said the mysterious fellow, and walked off, without further explanation. Two days later, Romany received a follow-up email: would he consider mocking up a design for an AIDS Memorial statue, to be erected in the south-coast city? An open-call competition was underway: there were ten days left to enter. Having lost his dearest friend to the deadly virus, Romany – by then predominantly a painter, though with ten years sculpting experience behind him – wasted no time in making a decision, and making up a design. The rest is history, and his AIDS Memorial, dedicated to Paul Tay, is a poignant landmark much loved by Brighton residents. This monograph explores the life choices which have informed Romany’s artistic pathway, and analyses the sculptural techniques he employs in his thriving painting practice. Romany is, in his own words, ‘a sculptor who paints’; his work has been exhibited internationally, from Paris to Sydney.

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