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Vic Reeves

Rook, 2006


29(w) x 42(h) cm
11.61(w) x 16.54(h) inches
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Lithograph on Magnani 315 gsm paper

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Vic Reeves Biography

As fans of this giant of TV comedy might expect, Vic Reeves’ art works mix the surreal and the mundane in a seriously amusing way. Ram-raiding disparate sources of contemporary iconography from celebrities to wildlife and explosives, Reeves’ playfully deranged works are held together by their stylistic tact and control. Although Reeves is predominantly known as a comedian, he has always been primarily an artist, having studied art at Sir John Cass College in Whitechapel in the mid 80s before moving to New Cross where he started a performance art piece at local pub The Goldsmiths Tavern which he called Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out. It was during one of these performances that he met future comedy partner Bob Mortimer and the rest, as they say, is history.

The artists Jake and Dinos Chapman describe Reeves’ art as “able to command our laughter as a purgative, to encourage the viewer to leak at both ends”. In 2005, Eyestorm commissioned Reeves to produce ‘Birds and Their Interactions With Humans’, a collection of twelve lithographs taken from a body of work that focuses on real and fictional birds, some of which appear in amusing fabricated situations with celebrities One piece features the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev “imitating a ‘smew’ as it passes over his house in the direction of the railway lines”. Others, more minimally, present a singular rook that appears to be marching in a bola hat, or a ‘crested tit’ on an interestingly shaped branch with what appears to be a Mohican hairstyle. The work was exhibited at Eyestorm’s three UK based franchise galleries retrospectively that year. June 2007 saw the autobiographical exhibition ‘My Family and Other Freaks’ at Eyestorm’s South bank gallery, where original drawings from his recent book Me:Moir (a play on his real name Jim Moir and the word ‘memoir’) were shown alongside paintings and studies of his close family. April 2009 sees the launch of Reeves’ third major exhibition with Eyestorm. Titled ‘Where Eagles Tremble’, it features a new series of paintings that illustrate a fictional story written by Reeves about the life and career of enigmatic film actor Alan Todd, who makes aviation films featuring WWII airplanes. Surreal and humorous like his comedy and previous artwork, these new works are beautifully crafted and sublimely absurd, and once again prove that he is not just a comedy genius but a serious visual artist who will take you to another dimension with his perplexing imagination.
 
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February 14th 2014
Many know Vic Reeves best as a TV comedian and one half of ‘Vic & Bob’, who are back on our screens at the moment with their new BBC sit-com ‘House of Fools’. What most people don’t know however is that he’s also a talented and prolific artist who spends a large majority of his spare time in his home studio making work.
February 17th 2013
When Vic Reeves has a show, it’s everywhere and everyone knows about it. He is a comedy genius, a national treasure who is incredibly hard-working and dedicated to his craft.
July 17th 2014
Today sees the launch of our Small Works online auction which features small-scale pieces by a selection of Eyestorm artists. Buying a small piece of art is perfect if you’re looking to start a collection, due to lower price tags and the ease of finding a space for it in your home.
February 14th 2014
Many know Vic Reeves best as a TV comedian and one half of ‘Vic & Bob’, who are back on our screens at the moment with their new BBC sit-com ‘House of Fools’.
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