Image credit: Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves)

A Norwich gallery is set to host an exhibition by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Colin Self alongside friend and fellow artist, Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves).

I think we should all just be friends will take place at The Fairhurst Gallery and will include paintings and sculpture by Colin Self and works by Jim Moir.

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, Self 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.

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

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 (aka Vic Reeves).

“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.”

Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) is an actor, comedian, writer, artisan and pop star – best known as half of the comic duo Reeves and Mortimer.

As an artist he is known for producing countless and varied artworks, primarily paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and photography.

Moir 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 decribed his art as being ‘able to command our laughter as a purgative, to encourage the viewer to leak at both ends’.

The exhibition is on at The Fairhurst Gallery from March 1 through to March 31, 2018.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a catalogue available from the gallery shop.

The gallery, on Bedford Street, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm with additional viewings available by appointment.

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About Fairhurst

Tucked away in the Norwich Lanes, once a 17th century skittle alley and formerly the Cat Trap jazz club, the Fairhurst is a unique gallery space, hosting regular exhibitions.

The Fairhurst Gallery champions contemporary fine art, bringing variety and brilliance to the city of Norwich. With a view to developing the careers of new professional artists and helping established practitioners reach new audiences. The Fairhurst repeatedly show inspirational work of the highest standards.

The Fairhurst Gallery also offers a traditional framing business as well as a bespoke restoration service, with clients including stately homes around the region, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle and the Sainsbury Centre.

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