Jim Moir and Steven Thomas
An exhibition of recent paintings and prints
4 – 25 November 2018
Jim Moir has been making paintings, drawings and prints since the early 1980’s. This practice has continued alongside acting and comedy for which he is better known, although to him they are all forms of artistic expression. His approach is refreshingly impulsive and his work often incorporates elements that are unsettling or bizarre. The Source might be from his imagination or an experience from life. The anarchic foundation for much of his comedy had created comparisons with radical art movements such as Dada, a reflexive response to the First World War. Rather than produce political art or protest, the Dadaists sought to disrupt or reject the established order with anarchic strategies that where often nonsensical. Absurd, irrational or satirical, as is to expose the folly of the war and a corrupted world order. Charlie Chaplin captured this spirit brilliantly in his film Modern Times of 1928 exposing the crushing effects of industrialised production on the human spirit. Moir is a compulsive artist, recording his thoughts and observations with abandon. The imagined and experienced worlds are chronicled in a prolific outpouring of ideas and thoughts beyond everyday life.
My past dictates my images.
Chelsea Arts School in the painting studios.
Rock n Roll in the sixties.
Iconic design projects; from Biba – ‘the most beautiful store in the world’ & Paul McCartney to Formula One, London Transport & the Queen.
The power of colour is my fascination – music my inspiration – & design craft my ability.
Being taught by John Hoyland, Patrick Caulfield & Allen Jones was a great start to my perpetual involvement with colour, love of Pop Art & humour.
Colour invokes light, and with music, creates moods, atmospheres & mental escape.
I listen to music endlessly – from Miles Davis & Aretha Franklin to Mozart & Stravinsky. It is the perfect abstract art form; as it changes, so does my mood – so does my colour palette.
Fall into the differing spectra, hear the sounds & dream.