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Lifetime Collection of Photographs 1960-1992

Lifetime Collection of Photographs 1960-1992 by BRATBY, John; Patti Bratby; Jean Cooke (1960)
Author: BRATBY, John; Patti Bratby; Jean Cooke
Title: Lifetime Collection of Photographs 1960-1992
Year: 1960
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Hastings
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £2750
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(2000 photos) Immense photographic archive of the British artist John Bratby featuring him, his work, his first wife (the artist Jean Cooke) and Patti Bratby, the woman who inspired the erotic reveries of his final two decades. These photographs which were taken between 1960 and 1992 were used to decorate Bratby's home, the shrine to Patti which he named the Cupola and Tower of the Winds in Hastings on the English south coast. Visiting this house in 2000 the Guardian newspaper described the impact of these images: 'Everywhere you look there are pictures of Patti topless. Here she's dressed in red PVC, over there she's decked out in black leather and thigh-length boots. Thousands of photographs and paintings surround you, and in all of them she's wearing red lippy and a beaming smile.' In fact the images of Patti, in various states of undress - and when dressed depicted as an object of fetish - only form a part of the collection although they do represent some of the most memorable if bizarre images created by Bratby in the privacy of his own home and, often, in Venetian hotel rooms. About a quarter of the collection is in a smaller format - usually polaroid - and this documents Bratby's earlier work and homelife in the 1960s when he was married to Jean Cooke who also appears posed for Bratby's portraits. These earlier images feature photographs of his work of the period, a practice which seems to have allowed the artist to maintain a record of his output and sales - some of the photos are annotated on the verso with title, prices and even the identity of their buyer. Among these early images we find real-life sunflowers and their artistic realisations alongside thickly impasto studies of miserable looking sitters, among them the numerous celebrities such as Paul McCartney who sat for the 'kitchen sink' master. Bratby collapsed and died in 1992 - just a handful of these photographs post-date his death, providing a record of the bizarre appearance of the house that was finally vacated by Patti Bratby in 2000.
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