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Vic Reeves' Mountain of Turkish Delight visits Newcastle

Holiday Number Two by Jim Moir Image copyright Jim Moir
Image caption Holiday Number Two suggests something more lively than a week at the seaside

An artist more famous for being an award-winning comedian has opened an exhibition in Newcastle.

Jim Moir - better known as presenter and comedian Vic Reeves - is showing a collection of drawings and paintings at the city's Biscuit Factory.

Born in Leeds, Moir grew up in Darlington and many of the 100 works in A Mountain of Turkish Delight feature characters and sights from the north of England.

As Reeves, he has worked with Bob Mortimer on shows such as Vic Reeves Big Night Out and Shooting Stars.

In 2017 he had a three-month stint on Coronation Street and confused viewers of Celebrity Masterchef by appearing under his birth name.

Moir has published two books of his art, and hosted exhibitions of his artworks at venues including the Saatchi Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

Roxy Music by Jim Moir Image copyright Jim Moir
Image caption Roxy Music, one of many bands captured by Moir's brush
Presentational white space
Bette Lynch by Jim Moir Image copyright Jim Moir
Image caption Many of the paintings, such as this one of Coronation Street's Bette Lynch, are inspired by the sights and personalities of the north of England
Presentational white space
White horse fantasy by Jim Moir Image copyright Jim Moir
Image caption Moir describes this as "White horse fantasy - the point where the horse kicks the chair"
Jim Moir self portrait Image copyright Jim Moir
Image caption The paintings, including this self portrait, are signed and for sale
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Car, fire, bear by Jim Moir Image copyright Jim Moir
Image caption Moir's style and choice of medium is varied, although bears tend to crop up now and again
Presentational white space
Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves
Image caption Jim Moir is best known as Vic Reeves, comedy partner of Bob Mortimer

The exhibition is on at the Biscuit Factory until 19 May.

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