Art exhibition sees the funny side

Posted by mjs76 at Feb 01, 2012 05:15 PM |
As Leicester enjoys the annual Comedy Festival, the University’s arts centre staged an exhibition of humorous art, with a free preview party on Friday.
Art exhibition sees the funny side

Art by Richard Peel

‘The Funny Side’, the new visual art exhibition at the University of Leicester’s arts centre Embrace Arts, runs from Monday 6 February to Friday 9 March. No serious, thought-provoking , ponderous paintings here, this exhibition, which coincides with Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, combines paintings, comic strips, illustrations and sculpture, all designed to raise a smile. The participating artists are:

  • Chie Hosaka, whose surreal illustrations reflect on the absurdity of reality and the strangeness of human behaviour.
  • Corrina Rothwell, a Nottingham-based artist and illustrator with a collection of digital images injected with dark humour and daftness.
  • Freelance cartoonist and illustrator, Brendan Keeley, and his hilarious cartoon strips.
  • Paul Warren and his uplifting imagery that borrows creative elements from caricature and cartoon.
  • Painter and sculptor Bob Robinson, whose work captures darkly humorous moments of daily life.
  • Richard Peel, with artwork brimming with memorable characters and wry observations.

Although the exhibition doesn’t technically open until Monday, there is a preview party on Friday 3 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm, which is free of charge and open to the public. As part of the evening, Richard Peel will demonstrate he’s not just a painter by performing a series of danceworks taken from his Comedy Festival show ‘Monsterdrome’ (at the Ale Wagon, Rutland Street on 9 February).

'The Funny Side' exhibition runs until Friday 9 March and is free to view whenever Embrace Arts is open.

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