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Brush Strokes: Fine art blended with light entertainment



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Art director and illustrator Chris Barker started a viral phenomenon on Twitter with his series of hilarious and irreverent artwork of UK light entertainment from the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s mashed up with famous artworks from across the centuries. If you watched any TV in the UK during this period, you will love this book. Featuring 71 artworks, and a cast you will recognise, but as you’ve never seen them before.

Possibly the funniest book in all of art history, this much-anticipated book is now available to purchase in a limited edition print run.

With a foreword by journalist and author Caitlin Moran.

  • 21 cm x 25cm
  • Hardcover
  • Full colour
  • Art gallery quality

428 in stock

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Dara Ó Briain

Caitlin Moran

Su Pollard

“Art, but not as we know it, except that we do. All the comfort of a history of art course combined with a weird satirical joyfulness. Sometimes alarming, but always amusing.”
Ade Edmondson

If you grew up in the UK anywhere between 1970–2000, and you had a TV, then this is a book you will love. TV shows you remember (or half-remember) will come back to life, but with a twist – reimagined as if painted by famous artists. Dali does Delboy. A “Two Rénes” spin on Magritte and the Two Ronnies. Basil Fawlty by John Constable. Frank Spencer by Edvard Munch. Grange Hill by Roy Lichtenstein. Frank and Pat by van Eyck. The Magic Roundabout meets Hieronymus Bosch. Cupid Stunt in the best possible taste at the Folies Bergère by Toulouse-Lautrec… and much more. What’s not to love?

The eagle-eyed may even spot two appearances of Wellard.

As Chris himself has said, “It’s nice for “our” generation to have a cool thing that the youngsters don’t get for a change, isn’t it?”. Quite right.

This book is printed to art gallery standards; a large hardback, section-sewn, and printed full colour throughout on quality archival paper.

As this is a limited edition, each order is limited to a maximum of 5 copies.

Here’s the Twitter thread that started it all:

Additional information

Weight 0.67 kg
Dimensions 25 × 21 × 1.5 cm




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