grade one

grade one

Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom

About grade one

 My name is David Bravey, aka Grade One. I’m a veteran diagnosed with PTSD. I served with the Welsh Guards in Northern Ireland and in London doing public duties.
Circumstances have seen me live on the streets of London for 18 months and experience stays in rehabs battling addictions.

I started painting during a residential visit to Combat Stress.

My paintings reflect the feelings and emotions I have living with PTSD and my work has been a lifesaver to me.


The Arts University College at Bournemouth
Fine art


Kitty Dimbleby (Help for Heroes)
George Vjestica (Nick cave and the bad seeds)
Combat Stress
The Royal British Legion
5 Paintings for Help for Heroes Tedworth House May 2011
Veterans In Prisions Association Feb 2012
Guerrilla Arts Project Jan 2014
The Docks (Ep Cover) June 2014

Cut-Click Magazine 2010
The Guardian- 2010
Help for Heroes Magazine 2010
Flack - Calendar by artist’s sharing experiences of homelessness 2011
The Sun Newspaper-June 2011
The Independent-June 2011
This is Exeter-June 2011
The Guardian-Oct 2012
The Guardian-Dec 2012
The Guardian-April 2013
The Guardian-July 2013
The Wayward ways of Russell C.J.Duffy Nov 2013
Waave Dada art magazine-Oct 2014


Combat Stress Art Exhibition 2010
The John Lennon Exhibition - Esher Fine Art Gallery 2010
In The Frame- Highcliffe 2010
Guildhall Civic Centre in Guilford 2010
The Mall Gallery London 2010
The King Robbo Exhibition - Esher Fine Art Gallery 2010
Combat Stress Art Exhibition 2011
Aftermath PTSD Exhibition-Exeter Castle June 2011
The Mall Gallery London 2011
Invisible Wounds,The Culture Show-SW1 Gallery London Oct 2011
The Mall Gallery London 2012
Outside In- Pallant House Chichester Oct 2012
Outside in west -Somerset heritage centre July 2013
Post-Afghanistan exhibition(Anna Redwood) - Mall Gallery June 2014