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Vic Reeves to exhibit his artworks at Norwich gallery alongside Colin Self

PUBLISHED: 17:08 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:25 25 January 2018

Jim Moir, better known as comedian Vic Reeves, taking part in BBC4 documentary Gaga For Dada: The Original Art Rebels. Photo: BBC

Jim Moir, better known as comedian Vic Reeves, taking part in BBC4 documentary Gaga For Dada: The Original Art Rebels. Photo: BBC

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Best known as a comedian Jim Moir - aka Vic Reeves - is also an artist and he will show his surreal, amusing, bizarre works, and often with a sinister edge, alongside those of his friend, Norwich artist Colin Self.

Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) alongside his friend and artist Colin Self. Photo: Jim MoirJim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) alongside his friend and artist Colin Self. Photo: Jim Moir

A Norwich gallery is set to host an exhibition by comedian and artist Jim Moir alongside one of Britain’s most celebrated artists Colin Self.

Better known to million by his stage name Vic Reeves, Jim Moir came to prominence in the early 1990s with his comedy partner Bob Mortimer first on Big Reeves Big Night Out then on a string of subsequent shows, including Shooting Stars, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and House of Fools.

He has also carved out a successful acting career under his real name, most recently appearing in Coronation Street.

However he has also long been an artist and the exhibition at The Fairhurst Gallery in Bedford Street will include his works alongside paintings and sculpture by Colin Self.

Having met many years ago, Colin and Jim have forged a close friendship, sharing a mutual devotion to painting and drawing.

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on the set of Shooting Stars. Photo: BBC/Pett ProductionsVic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on the set of Shooting Stars. Photo: BBC/Pett Productions

Director of The Fairhurst Gallery, Nina Fowler said: “We are thrilled to announce the first exhibition of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Colin Self, alongside one of history’s greatest comic icons, Jim Moir.

“I think we should all just be friends will explore the friendship between these two inimitable artists and their relationship to the ‘art world’ at large. Their works are linked not only by their mutual rapport but also a whimsical, often mischievous approach to the creative process.”

As an artist Jim Moir is known for producing countless and varied artworks, primarily paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and photography. He draws from a wide range of sources, to produce characterful work that is often surreal, amusing, bizarre and often with a sinister edge.

Artists Jake and Dinos Chapman have described his art as being “able to command our laughter as a purgative, to encourage the viewer to leak at both ends”.

His love of art also saw him take part in the documentary Gaga For Dada: The Original Art Rebels, exploring the history of surreal art, which was part of the BBC4 Goes Conceptual season.

Mickey Mouse in Norwich by Colin Self, which was shown last year as part of the We Came Here To Conquer exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum. Photo: Antony KellyMickey Mouse in Norwich by Colin Self, which was shown last year as part of the We Came Here To Conquer exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum. Photo: Antony Kelly

Colin Self is a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter and has more than 70 works in the permanent collection of the Tate.

Born in Norwich in 1941, he was educated at Wymondham College and then studied art at Norwich Art School before heading to the Slade School of Fine Art.

Here he was encouraged by Frank Auerbach and David Hockney, with his early works addressing Cold War politics. Described by Richard Hamilton as ‘the best draughtsman in England since William Blake’, the exhibition will also house a couple Self’s most seminal works.

• The exhibition is on at The Fairhurst Gallery from March 1-31 Accompanying the exhibition will be a catalogue available from the gallery shop.

• For more information visit fairhurstgallery.co.uk

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