“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
Norman de Brackinghe's digital paper prints direct viewers' attention to details often overlooked and thereby, create the extraordinary from the ordinary. Vivid colors, painterly quality, strong composition, and a sense of balance and peace constitute his signature style. His popular photographic works betray his love of abstract expressionists like Pollock, Rothko, Motherwell and Rauschenberg. With subject matters mostly of distressed surfaces or close-up shots, and without the use of Photoshop or a paintbrush, his abstract photography fascinates not only art lovers, but also painters and graphic designers.
Norman de Brackinghe has lived in Hong Kong since 1976, working as the director of an international publishing company for twenty years. He comes from a family steeped in graphic arts and publishing and has worked with Allen Lane of Penguin Books and later Paul Hamlyn. Since his arrival in Hong Kong, he has been involved in design and design education while actively promoting art. He has held over 20 solo exhibitions on both his watercolour landscapes and abstract photography in Hong Kong and Europe. Norman has also exhibited in many group shows in Europe, Hong Kong and the Asian region. Images of his photography can be viewed at his website www.debrackinghe.com. His studio is small but well equipped with a lovely view overlooking Happy Valley.