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James 'Jim Roderick Moir', more commonly known as Vic Reeves, was born in Leeds. he is most famous for his work alongside Bob Mortimer, with TV shows including Vic Reeves Big Night Out, The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer, and the comedy quiz show Shooting Stars.
Known for his surreal and non sequitur sense of humour, in 2003, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in british comedy. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he and Bob were voted the 9th greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
Reeves is an accomplished author, has appeared on in numerous tv and radio programmes and is one of the few comedians to have had a number one hit record in the UK Singles Chart.
He is also a successful artist. In 1983, he began a part-time course at a local art college, developed his love of painting and eventually persuaded a local art gallery to stage an exhibition of his unique work. Although still primarily known as a comedian, he is also gaining a reputation as an artist. His drawings and paintings have been used in his television shows and form a major part of his 1999 book, Sun Boiled Onions. Moir has had exhibitions of his art work, the first to display work from Sun Boiled Onions in 2000, and the second, entitled Doings in 2002 at Whitechapel Art Gallery along with exhibiting his work at the Art of Giving Saatchi Gallery event in 2010.
Vic Reeves was also one of the judges of the Art of Giving Open Competition 2010 alongside Terry O'Neill and Christian Furr.
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Juliette Robb was born in Birkenhead on 17th March 1943 and then moved to Scotland at an early age. She now lives in Malaga , Spain, where she has her art studio. Here Juliette explains in her own words her path to becoming an artist.
Since beginning to paint in 2007 I have found it to be one of the most relaxing yet satisfying methods of becoming so intensely engrossed that time flies by and before I know it, hours have passed without me feeling even a little bit tired. I immerse myself into the subject I am painting and constantly challenge myself to try new methods of expression. I very nearly gave up after barely starting, having gone to a local gallery to try to ascertain my 'style' from a learned and reputably famous artist. On meeting her she gave me the biggest dressing down that one could possibly imagine, stating that I had no right to even think of style when I had not even studied in university or having taken lessons from the masters. Needless to say, with her harsh words ringing in my ears, I didn't touch a paint brush for weeks.
Finally, a friend made me realise that I was willing to give up something that gave me such a solace and pleasure and all because I had allowed the words and thoughts of a total stranger to destroy my new found liberation and to affect me. She questioned whether I would allow this to happen in the day to day dealings of every day life!
Her wise words struck home and without hesitation, I picked up the paintbrush once again. The cruel and insensitive words from a 'real artist' no longer were an issue.
It was to become the new phase in later life that would fill the void of loneliness, excite me, challenge me, and the more I did the more I wanted to do. I was in my own world of creating paintings of my choice. Then the unbelievable happened. I was given a commission from the editor of the local paper who had heard about my paintings and in fact, printed them in her editorial. Another door of opportunity opened and I was offered the chance to exhibit my paintings by a small gallery venue in Fuengirola. Following the exhibition I was requested to exhibit in the Casa de Cultura in Alhaurin el Grande where I later discovered that I was the first ever Brit to be given the honour of holding an exhibition within their gallery covered by press and television. This was such a big thing for me to absorb; to know that people liked my paintings was so exhilarating and exciting.
I just love it. Painting fills my heart, gives me such pleasure, It calms a troubled mind and I lose myself within each painting, it challenges one and on completion, you feel as sense of achievement for yourself, which is the most important thing you can achieve. To have one's paintings admired by others is a bonus that humbles me.
I tried acrylics and found it quite satisfying but once I learnt to use oils, there was no going back for me. The use of oils opened up yet another world of painting for me where I felt I could express myself so much more freely and I loved the effects one could get to express one's feelings on canvas.
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