What do you think of Billy Connolly’s first forays into art?

Walkies, by Billy Connolly. (S)

Walkies, by Billy Connolly. (S)

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BILLY Connolly’s first art collection is on sale at a Harrogate gallery.

Castle Galleries, on Parliament Street, is stocking a limited-edition collection of six prints by the BAFTA-nominated actor, comedian, musician and presenter.

Billy Connolly. (S)

Billy Connolly. (S)

This is the first time Connolly’s art has ever been published or exhibited to the public, since he began sketching for pleasure. The collection, entitled Born on a Rainy Day, went on sale this week.

The limited edition pieces took Connolly two years to create and consist of a series of six pen and ink limited edition drawings, from the comedian’s colourful imagination.

Francoise Mosey, manager at Castle Galleries Harrogate, said: “There is nothing contrived or intended about Billy Connolly’s work; it is creativity in its purest form.

“It has come from a place inside Connolly that is not concerned with an audience or showmanship.

Pink Tie and Hanky, from Billy Connolly's debut collection. (S)

Pink Tie and Hanky, from Billy Connolly's debut collection. (S)

“His unique characters are faceless and completely anonymous; seemingly devoid of emotion or expression and yet we see the emotional connection with the audience is quite prevalent.

“We feel honoured to be able to work alongside Billy to publish and exhibit this stunning and inspirational collection.”

Connolly said: “Art, for me, bears no relation to comedy or music. My art is pure and un-judged. I am creating it for myself. It is personal and private whereas with a film, comedy show or music you expect people to be critiquing, watching and assessing. Art is different, it liberates you.”

Each piece in the collection will be a limited edition print of 95. Printed on cotton watercolour paper and measuring 22” by 16”, individual prints will be priced at £395 unframed or £625 framed.

The collection will also be available in a suite of six, priced at £2,250 unframed or £3,500 framed.

For more information, call 01423 569656 or go to www.castlegalleries.com