Art Is The Best Medicine, an exhibition showcasing the artwork of comedians, has opened today.
The exhibition is billed as a unique chance for members of the public to see and buy artworks by the UK's top comedians, whilst raising money for charity.
The works are on display until 20th December at Fiumano Clase, the contemporary gallery near King's Cross in London.
The artworks range from drawings, paintings, digital prints and photography, to sculpture, poetry, embroidery, ceramics, and video art.
Andrew Bailie, Ania Magliano, Annie McGrath, Bec Hill, Ben Target, Chris Hayward, Dane Baptiste & Shyaam Caine, Daniela Pasquini, Daniel Quirke, Eleanor Thom, Elf Lyons, Ellie White, Hannah Warman, Helen Keeler, Holly Burn, James McNicholas, Jayde Adams, Joe Bor, Katia Kvinge, Kim Noble, Lolly Adefope, Mawaan Rizwan, Nathaniel Metcalfe, Olaf Falafel, Pat Cahill, Paul Savage, Phil Jerrod, Pierre Novellie, Rachel Stubbings, Richard Todd, Rob Auton, Rory McGrath, Rosa Robson, Ruby Martin, Ruth Bratt, Shivani Thussu, Spencer Jones, Stephanie Laing, Stuart Laws, Tessa Coates, Tom Neenan, Tom Stourton, Thom Tuck and Tim Key & Emily Juniper have also provided work.
A third of all sales will go to the charity Mental Health UK. Gallery directors Francesca Fiumano and Andrés Clase say: "We hope to raise lots of money for Mental Health UK, a brilliant charity doing excellent work, especially around Christmas, which can be a particularly difficult time for people suffering from mental health problems."
Below are some samples of the artwork.
Tom Neenan, Greta, watercolour and ink, 297 x 210mm
Jim Moir, Batman at Ease, Limited edition print, 17" x 17"
Rob Auton, Chris Tarrant's Face, Acrylic on Paper, 2014, 297mm x 210mm
Olaf Falafel, Mr Onion and his Prize Winning Graham, Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 30 cm, 2019
Chris Hayward, The Field, Digital Print, 2019
Joe Bor - Mum?
More artwork can be viewed via the gallery's website
The exhibition has been organised by artist and comedian Annie McGrath, who describes art as "an antidote to stand-up; there is something refreshing about the splendid isolation of painting. Creativity is a double-edged sword which can exacerbate feelings of anxiety at the same time as being incredibly therapeutic."
Talking about the exhibition, Brian Dow, CEO of Mental Health UK, comments: "While we've made undeniable progress in our understanding of mental illness, the work is by no means done. Too many people still find it too difficult to talk about their own experiences. That's why events like this are still so important. It shows that no matter who you are, open and honest conversations about our mental health have the power to bring real change to people's lives. I'd like to thank Annie, and everyone involved, for all of their fundraising efforts, and we look forward to a successful event."