“People think that I am a comedian, but art comes first”
Jim Moir, Mr Porter, 2021
We are thrilled to announce Yorkshire Rocks & Dinghy Fights by Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) that will open at the gallery this September, featuring unseen and original paintings direct from the artist’s studio. This will be the first time Moir has exhibited in his native Yorkshire and will include over 50 new images.
Born in Leeds in 1959, Jim Moir aka Vic Reeves, first came to prominence as a comedian, actor and musician and is now celebrated as a national treasure. Years before these pursuits, the visual arts were an early passion and he has been making paintings, drawings and prints since the early 1980s.
Moir: “When I started doing comedy it was kind of a side-line to my artwork. I’ve never not painted. Now I’ve got to a stage where I thought, I’ve done the comedy. I’ve done the TV. I’ll just do bits on TV and film if I want to do it. But all day long I’m going to paint pictures. That’s what I like doing.”
As a painter Moir has created his own visual language, blurring the lines between art and comedy, and his work has drawn comparisons with the Surrealist and Dadaist movements of the late 1910s and early 1920s. He has a refreshingly unique approach to image-making, often dreamlike and humorous, projecting a sideways look at everyday life.
Yorkshire Rocks & Dinghy Fights opens for two weeks from Thursday 22nd September, with all works available to view and purchase.
All exhibition works are also available to purchase through Own Art, where payments can be spread across 10 monthly instalments, interest free.
Studio portrait courtesy of Jack Dent & Harry Dent | Bryter Digital