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Props from Vic and Bob's Big Night Out go on show in art exhibition in Deal

By Eleanor Perkins

A world of absurd art awaits at an exhibition by comedy double act Vic and Bob.

The TV favourites, also known as Reeves and Mortimer, have compiled a selection of their weird and wonderful props to create the display at Don't Walk Walk Gallery in Deal.

From felt hats which have travelled the world to acrylic pen cartoons of Jay-Z and Kanye West, few items featuring in Vic and Bob's Big Night Art make sense.

Vic Reeves introduces his new exhibition in Deal

But beneath this cloud of Brexit, it's just what people need according to gallery owner Neil Horenz-Kelly.

He said: "In a world gone made like at the moment, this sort of absurdity that you get from Vic and Bob is complete escapism.

"The absurdity is just funny. It just makes you smile.

"These two men just have the energy of kids and have been doing it for 30 years. They're an institution.

"This exhibition gives you an insight into their creative processes."

Vic and Bob's Big Night Art is on show for two weeks (6599324)
Vic and Bob's Big Night Art is on show for two weeks (6599324)
Vic Reeves, also known as Jim Moir. (6599331)
Vic Reeves, also known as Jim Moir. (6599331)

Reeves and Mortimer's comedy combines visually and verbally inventive material but really they're just old mates, who share a surreal sense of humour, trying to make each other laugh.

Reeves, also known as Jim Moir, said: "We talk and if something appeals to us, it goes in.

"The writing comes first and the artwork follows."

Their latest series of Vic and Bob's Big Night Out which aired on BBC Four over Christmas scooped some of the channel's best viewing figures of the season.

The exhibition includes many recognisable props, both old and new. (6599305)
The exhibition includes many recognisable props, both old and new. (6599305)
Props from Vic and Bob's Big Night Out are on show at Don't Walk Walk gallery (6599298)
Props from Vic and Bob's Big Night Out are on show at Don't Walk Walk gallery (6599298)

For fans, the exhibition is a 'must-see', with a collection of more than 50 items, both old and new and many of which are for sale.

He added: "It a museum piece, it's a bit of history if you're a fan.

"If you're not a fan you might just like the images and wonder what they're all about!"

Mr Moir has displayed his artwork in various exhibitions at Don't Walk Walk Gallery, in Sondes Road, during the two years it's been open.

Having bought a house in the town, he says it's also because of its "punk rock ethic."

Vic Reeves with gallery owner Neil Horenz-Kelly (6599329)
Vic Reeves with gallery owner Neil Horenz-Kelly (6599329)

He's also hosted live speed sketching events at the gallery and nearby music shop Smuggler’s Records in Market Street.

These events challenge him to complete a charcoal sketch of a record cover in the time it takes to play the track - a concept which was the brain child of model Nancy Sorrell, his wife since 2003.

Vic and Bob's Big Night Art launches at 1pm tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until Sunday, February 3.

The gallery is open from 10am until 5pm daily, 11am until 4pm on Sunday and closed on Tuesdays.

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