The smell of Reeves & turpentine
I don’t think I’ve been as excited about seeing an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory since it first opened. I’m a huge fan of Vic Reeves, from the Big Night Out days through to Shooting Stars, Bang Bang, Catterick and beyond (although, to be fair, I doubt I’ll be revisiting Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) any time soon). I also love his art and was delighted when he competed in Sky Arts’ ‘Celebrity Portrait Artist of the Year’ competition over Christmas and duly won. This exhibition will feature more than 100 original drawings and paintings of familiar northern faces and landmarks, alongside his usual clatter of quirky subject matter – all rendered in that unmistakable Reevesian style. All work is signed and available to buy, with prices starting at £250. As soon as I’ve finished googling “Can I legally sell a kidney in the UK?” I’ll be at the front of the queue for this one to see what I can pick up.
Jim Moir AKA Vic Reeves: A Mountain of Turkish Delight, 9-19 May, The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle. thebiscuitfactory.com