Harry Hill's 'secret' paintings at Edinburgh Art Festival
Published: 4th Aug 2012 02:03:35
An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by comedian and TV presenter Harry Hill is due to open as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.
Titled My Hobby, the works show a parallel universe where celebrity and nature come together in surreal landscapes.
The TV Burp presenter told BBC Scotland he had been painting 'in secret' for the past 20 years.
The exhibition is being held above in a shop in George Street.
The comedian said: "I have been painting in secret for about 20 years. Basically what I do is I watch TV all day for TV Burp then I go to the kitchen and I get a piece of wood and I start painting.
"It is just a way of winding down really.
"People have said to me 'maybe you should have an exhibition' but I always kind of thought this was a little private thing I had going. It wasn't like I was going to sell them."
He revealed he had amassed so many paintings that it was "quite nice to get them out of the house".
The presenter said he received great support in developing his artistic side from his wife, who he described as a "proper painter".
"I kind of wanted to paint, and I used to paint a bit, and she was really encouraging," he added:
"It's just a really nice thing to do. I would recommend anyone to take up painting."
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