Leeds exhibition captures crazy life of Python

Artwork from the exhibition by Phil Morgan.
Artwork from the exhibition by Phil Morgan.
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Fans of comedy and art can look forward to something completely different happening in Leeds at the end of this month.

An exhibition of artwork inspired by the Monty Python TV series and films is taking place at the Northern Monk Brewery in Holbeck from May 27 to 29.

And the event has been given a typically self-deprecating seal of approval by Python member and animator Terry Gilliam, who hailed it as “wonderful” before joking: “Where was all this talent when we needed it?”

The exhibition will comprise 27 pieces by 20 artists from around the world who have used scenes, quotes and characters from Python’s back catalogue to celebrate the comedy troupe’s famously silly spirit in quirky and contemporary style.

It has been organised by the independent Leeds art initiative Colour+Noun, whose co-founder Jess Cook told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to curate and host this event.

“First and foremost we are huge Python fans and combining this with our passion for art has been fantastic.

“We can’t wait to share the brilliant array of work the artists have contributed.”

All of the artwork on show will be available for sale and is made up of a mix of one-off pieces and small, strictly limited edition print runs.

For more details about the exhibition – which is an officially licensed Python event – visit www.colourplusnoun.com.

The original Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV show ran from 1969 to 1974 and was followed by films including The Life Of Brian.

‘I’m honoured to be involved’

One of the artists who has contributed work to the Northern Monk Brewery exhibition, Graham Pilling, said he was “hugely honoured” to be involved.

He went on: “The genius of Monty Python is something I’ve always held dear.

“Their wonderful imagination formed an invaluable part of my upbringing, teaching me a love for surrealism and word play, as well as the importance of tempering intelligence with good old-fashioned silliness.”