Joe Lycett, comedian, artist and bin-enthusiast, is putting on an exhibition with his mum, the artist and watercolourist Helen Lycett. They will be displaying a range of individual artworks – including acrylics by Joe and portraits by Helen – plus “mash-up” pieces the duo created together.
Lycett & Mummy is made in collaboration with the print shop and gallery They Made This. “We love them for all sorts of reasons: they have a great eye for fun art, they’re a queer-led business AND they’re mad about affordable art,” Joe shared on Instagram recently. Price point is a focal point for the event; the exhibition itself is free to attend with affordable artworks available alongside more exclusive pieces. There will even be an opportunity to get some prints for free too.
Attendees can expect to find a mix of mediums exhibited. Joe will show a small selection of his famous ceramics – here’s hoping we finally get to see this one in person – whereas Helen will display powerful portraits, nudes and floral pieces.
In our recent Nicer Tuesdays Q&A with Joe, he mused on his collaboration with his mum, reflecting on her skill as a watercolourist and the complementary nature of their distinct styles. On the partnership, Joe says: “Despite an angry and bitter personal relationship, mum and I have a deep mutual respect for our artworks. We are delighted to share these works which should help pay for ongoing family legal disputes.”
Helen adds: “‘Let’s have a joint exhibition,’ he said. ‘I’ll just add a few finishing touches to some of your paintings,’ he didn’t say.”
The exhibition runs from 22 September – 1 October at They Made This in Covent Garden, London.
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Liz (she/they) joined It’s Nice That as news writer in December 2021. After graduating in Film from The University of Bristol, they worked freelance, writing for independent publications such as Little White Lies, INDIE magazine and design studio Evermade.