Billy Connolly's highly-acclaimed collection of limited edition prints and stainless steel sculptures is being showcased in Melbourne for 10 days only! "Born on a Rainy Day" will be presented exclusively at Jasper Hotel from 16 to 26 March 2023. Entry is FREE.
"Born on a Rainy Day" will be presented exclusively at Jasper Hotel from 16 to 26 March 2023. Entry is FREE.
Billy Connolly's art is as humorous and thoughtful as his comedy. It was on a rainy day in 2007 that Billy first put pen to paper. Taking refuge from the grey drizzle of Montreal, Canada, he entered an art shop with a twinkling curiosity and left with an armful of supplies and the urge to create.
Back in his hotel room, his felt tips and sketchbook formed a portal for his imagination. And over the subsequent years, his drawings evolved into his debut fine art collection.
Billy last performed in Australia in 2014, and formally retired from stand-up comedy in December 2020.
In March 2022 he released his eighth collection of "Born on a Rainy Day". Explaining his flexible approach, Billy says: "It's lovely, the way people think you do it. People think I paint or draw things on purpose. I don't, I just draw. And then as it goes on, it becomes obvious what it's going to be (to me). And then I can think about it along those lines: a horse, a man or a balloon. That's when I name it - at the end."
Billy's art has been likened to the cave paintings of the Aurignacian period (40,000-25,000 BC), which are characterised by their linear, one-dimensional approach. Charmingly simplistic, his faceless figures possess an extraordinary self-awareness and humanity. Devoid of emotion or expression, their anonymity opens them up to individual interpretation, creating a unique bond with the viewer.
"Born on A Rainy Day" will be presented at Jasper Hotel from 16 to 26 March from 10 am to 5 pm.
Don't miss this very special opportunity to see Billy's art in person. Artwork can be purchased on-site, including original art, limited edition signed prints and sculptures.
"Drawing has given me a new lease of life. I managed to get pictures together and people like them, which surprises me and amazes and delights me." - Billy Connolly
For a sneak peek at the artwork and to plan your visit, please see bornonarainyday.com.au