Norwich's Ruddy Muddy pays tribute to Sean Lock

Sean Lock By Ruddy Muddy

Sean Lock tribute - Credit: Ruddy Muddy

His unmistakable artwork has been used to mark many occasions over the years, from poignant tributes to celebratory nods.

And now, 'grime' artist Ruddy Muddy has unveiled his latest piece - a tribute to comedian Sean Lock.

The artist, who creates paintings in mud on the pack of white vans has painted a mural dedicated to the comedian, who died at the age of 58 on August 18.

Sean Lock.

Sean Lock. - Credit: PA

The painting includes the very words the 8 out of 10 Cats star once joked he wanted to appear in his obituary - in response to the questioning of fellow comedian Jimmy Carr.

It reads:  "Nooooo....Whyyyy...Nooooo....Arghhh....You can't write tears Jimmy" in a reference to Mr Lock's joke.

The artist joins Norwich Theatre Royal and Norfolk actor, broadcaster, and comedian Stephen Fry in paying tribute to the comedian.

Mr Fry, who himself has been subject of a Ruddy Muddy,  said: "I think it safe to say that the best episodes of QI that I was involved with were always the ones where Sean Lock was a guest.

Stephen Fry loves West Norfolk, as Ruddy Muddy shows

Stephen Fry loves West Norfolk, as Ruddy Muddy shows - Credit: Archant

"Such complete brilliance in every comic direction. What a loss. My heart goes out to his family."

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Mr Lock was a regular on comedy panel shows but was also a frequent fixture on the live comedy circuit, performing at Norwich Theatre Royal a number of times, as well as the Latitude Festival. 

Commenters on Ruddy Muddy's photo said they thought the words would have been "exactly what he wanted".

Artist Ruddy Muddy.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Artist Ruddy Muddy.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The Norwich-based white van artist said: "I became Ruddy Muddy in the hope I could make people smile. If one person has made me smile and laugh until the tears keep running it has been this man."

"I'm absolutely gutted, he was one of my comedy heroes. He really brought me and my eldest together, watching 8 out of 10 Cats."

Mr Lock becomes the latest famous face to receive the Ruddy Muddy treatment, who uses current events to inspire his works.

In the past he has dedicated murals to the Duke of Edinburgh following his death, Norwich City to celebrate the club's promotion to the Premier League and to raise awareness during missing people appeals.

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