‘Self-taught painter Jakob Belbin delves into his twisted psyche for inspiration, finding there an utter disgust with the trappings of 21st century living; competition, consumerism and capitalism. He scrawls vicious scenes onto his trashcan-canvases, salvaged from skips and dank alleyways, which reflect the urban idiocy of waste and want. What makes Belbins work beautiful and desirable is that his scenes of aloneness and alienation all harbour a compassionate understanding of our need to intimately connect and feel loved; It is disturbingly beautiful art with a heart’
Hello.. . .././ ..
My name is Jakob Belbin, born in Winchester 1989 I am not a writer that’s why I paint.
I need art. Art impacts on every aspect of my life, I am always aware of it and it’s something I constantly think about. I think about it when I see the mundane and unnoticed happenings of my world; like when I look out of my window and see strangers glued to the same patch of road, when I see a pigeon idly pecking the ground for sustenance, and is brushed aside by an unsympathetic commuter. I see art when another tasteless advert steals my attention in the vain attempt to sell me trash I don’t need. I can see it in the suspended wires above our heads carrying idle conversations, and in the decay of another flat hedgehog caught in the cross fire. I see it in the mirror every morning. And, I also feel it in conversation or equally the lack of. In spite of these influences I feel it most when I am uncomfortable.
I seek to make sense of the unrelenting miseries and infrequent moments of pure joy; the unmistakable feeling of a sinking heart and the sickening feeling of butterflies trying to escape my bloody cavity. Art, for me, is just a reaction to the chaos we are surrounded in, it’s just another form of documentation; an individual trying to make sense of their own deranged trip by taking elements others may find bland, disgusting or depressing and transforming it into something much more beautiful, a catalysis which creates more reactions and sparks more questions.
At the centre of my work lies one rare constant and that is the use of found and reclaimed materials. It is essential to my work that I always use these materials not just because waste disgusts me but because they are as much a part of my environment as I am and in turn they are as much a part of my art as I am. It is my understanding that everything exists because of chaos and without it nothing would exist. Using these materials allows that element of chaos into my work; not knowing what you are going to find and not knowing what’s going to happen next. These materials already have a story of their own. Where have they been? Where have they come from? Why are they being abandoned now? And by taking these materials on it is a truer representation of the world I am expressing.
From reading this, I hope you do not come away with a view that I dislike this world or lead a miserable life, quite the contrary, I love it. For all this worlds’ madness and contradictions I am very much a part of it and it’s the only ride I’ll ever get. But it is in negativity I find real substance, real meaning, and real experience and without this negativity there would be nothing to gauge positivity with, nothing would change. I simply seek to show you how beautiful negativity and tragedy really are.
I am willing to design, paint and make a mark on just about anything so if you have a Band, Business, Event, An empty space that needs filling or you simply appreciate the work you have seen, then contact me for more information on work and commissions.
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