David Bromley emerged as a painter in the mid-1980s. In the early stages of his career, he held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Adelaide and represented works in state and regional galleries. His recognitions include finalist nods in the Archibald Prize, AGNSW, in 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2008. Bromley has emerged as one of the most innovative and recognizable artists in Australia.
In his practice, David Bromley has developed themes for distinct and unique styles of painting; the female portrait, the children's series and the butterflies and bird 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 females attractive and bare breasted.
However diverse in his subject matter, Bromley's work is enduringly figurative, daringly colored and executed with a graphic intention, reminiscent of Warhol's Pop Art from the 1960s. He credits Warhol as an early influence demonstrated in his reductive colors, graphic style and the simplified forms of his nudes.
Over the past 20 years Bromley’s work has fostered widespread acclaim and notoriety in Australia and internationally. He has exhibited on nearly every continent including Asia, Europe, Africa and America. Bromley’s design eye and his ability to create mesmerizing environments has allowed him to engage, to design, and to decorate major spaces throughout Australia and abroad: everything from residential skyscrapers to iconic venues.