A new piece ready for ‘Pecking At The Sidelines’ .. /.
This was painted on a reclaimed printed cityscape.. / .I have no idea why people buy big photos of dirty city’s to cover there homes with, when i get home i want to escape the cityscape i live in./ .
A new slate portrait commission just completed. . /. /
Three friends took an epic journey mountain biking and wanted to commemorate it with a Belbin portrait../ .
Hope you like it Anth. . / //.
So tomorrow it will be two weeks until valentines day/. /.
And in the spirit of things I’m going to get all soppy and offer buy one get one free on ‘Love birds’../. Choose your own colors and objects and i will paint the perfect matching partner for free.. /. /.
13 cm x 13 cm – £15 incl post
20 cm x 20 cm – £20 incl post
You can contact me directly via email@example.com or you can order straight away via my shop/ ./.
Here’s some of the ‘Love Birds’ Featured in my previous exhibition ‘FRAGMENTS’
‘I Want The One I Can’t Have’
Acrylic and Spray Paint on Plywood 50 cm x 50 cm
Painted Last Year…/. Possibly The Most Important Painting Of My Life./…/.
It has been nearly a year since i last saw this piece and it was painted over a year ago./ / /.
Now it is back and the bridge is in perfect condition //. May it last forever/.
‘Build A Bridge To Her’ Acrylic on Plywood
Blogging wise it has been rather quite here in the build up to xmas, that’s because all of the paintings i was working on were in fact gifts and so obviously i couldn’t publish them. So here is a backlog of paintings. / /./.
The first wave was a fresh new batch of xmas pigeons, this time with a festive slant i have become only slightly obsessed by snow flakes. ./
The second wave of paintings was a set of portraits../. not something you’d associate with me.. and furthermore they were both painted on canvas./. another thing you would not associate with me. It s always a good thing to take my self out of my usual sphere of working, both of the canvases were still reclaimed and recycled and i feel like despite working from photographs i managed to inject plenty of Belbin hallmarks to the pieces.
And the final piece was, given the more soppy themes of my painting the most important as it was for my fiance .. . /
It was based a short story held close to her heart and a running theme though our long relationship ‘The Snow Goose’
‘Fritha’ Acrylic, Spray Paint and Posca on reclaimed hardboard and Plywood
After taking down the show FRAGMENTS./. /. .. I later found out the one of my simplest but most effective pieces hadn’t just been sold on the spot but had been taken all the way to New York City. / /./. This made me very happy and my little fragments are slowly but surely making their way around the globe././ .Sweden, Italy, Israel and now America.. /. /. Come on Asia/./. so i can move there . /./.
‘Life Is Pain’ Only if you don’t learn from its trials../ . /. Acrylic on Reclaimed Dartboard Cupboard ./. SOLD
I have been invited to take part in this very important event././. And i am very pleased to be donating to this cause.././. Below are the pieces i have donated with no reserve!! ././. further below is the link to the facebook event where you can view all other works for sale and find out more about ART4AID././
‘Another Ticket’ Acrylic on Plywood 64 cm x 47 cm approx.
‘UNTITLED ‘ Pigeons x 2 pieces . 20 cm x 20 cm
Acrylic on Hardboard
I did this explosion drawing a fair while ago now.. /. / But it has only just been homed././ It was for a good friend whose life quite frankly is crazy! this drawing takes in all the good things in his life spanning from mundane to the absolutely insane.. /.
‘Adventure Time’ Black and yellow ink on distressed paper A3
Love Birds Free Art Giveaway. /.
As part of the Solo Exhibition Fragments there will be a free art giveaway in the build-up to the show. This side project is based around the theme of the show that everything experienced remembered and observed is fragmented, everything that is can be said to be broken or fractured in some way or made up of different elements. And it is with that in mind that I have painted pairs of ‘Love Birds’ both of these creatures complement and complete each other in a way that for most lovers is just a fantasy. But like everything I see that holds real beauty there is a drama and tragedy to that story and so for these birds it’s the same.
I plan to split up each couple and display them separately. One set of the love birds will be displayed in the warmth and safety of the Jewry street gallery and the other halves of the pigeons I will display around the streets of Winchester exposed to the elements and are destined to be given away for free. But there is hope for each couple, the birds left out in the cold of the urban landscape will hold this message../. .
You’ve found me../. And I’m yours to keep ../ … For free ./ ../
I’m sure that most of us when walking the streets pay very little attention to our immediate surroundings and the creatures we share it with. Most of it gets swept past our eyes and shoved off the pavement as we rush to be somewhere we most likely don’t want to be. These birds, in a way are much like you. They are somewhere they don’t want to be and they want to go home to the one they love. So if you’re the lucky one to happen across one of these stray birds take them in and they will love you always,.. . /. /././ .
Go one step further, for each bird left on the street there is an equal and opposite waiting. Bring them to the show where their loved one awaits.. ./.
// . // .. . ./. FRAGMENTS.\\..\\.\…\
Opens Thursday 14th November 2013 7pm – 9pm
Art Café, Jewry Street, Winchester
The finder will be invited to bring their pigeon to the show on opening night and reunite it with its partner. The pigeons on display at the gallery will be available for sale if the finder wishes to reunite them for good. Other people will be able to buy the pigeons on display even if they have not found the partner but finders will have priority over any bidders.
It is my hope that all the pigeons will find their way back to the show and all the couples will be reunited, once reunited if bought, the finders will be invited to leave the corresponding pigeons with their partners until the end of the show at which point both will be sent to their new home. Through doing this I hope to highlight that when in this fragmented world two pieces fit together it is the most important thing to keep them together. In this drama of being separated, once reunited the pigeons bond and the owners resolve to keep them together will be solidified.
A hand full more birds set to be separated in Winchester.. /. Lets hope they find their way back together, , . ./ /.
Pre sketch of the window display for FRAGMENTS Love Birds Give Away. . ././ . More info soon . . / ./..
See event page here for comprehensive updates. . /.
I feel a new series coming on .. . / //.. .. /.
‘Baby In A Bag’ Acrylic and Posca on Reclaimed Plywood sealed in Plastic bag
Down To The Bone.. / /. Last night was meet the artist night at the Onca gallery for DTTB.
DTTB is A collective exhibition of works from varied disciplines in recognition and support of street dogs living overseas. To be hung, open to the public at ONCA Gallery, 14 St George’s Place, Brighton from the 24th until the 30th Sept 2013.
ONCA has a passion for art that integrates with environmental conservation and strives to raise awareness of how environmental change affects every living thing. For whatever reason the dogs we are caring for have found themselves abandoned by owners and on the street. Be it economical, governmental or even military, we have changed their environment and so ONCA Gallery is a most welcome and supportive venue for this collection of work.
There are many street dogs needing support all over the world so why have we chosen to help those in Portugal and Spain? One of the organisers of the exhibition has, for many years, worked in these countries and has seen problems and suffering on a scale that does not happen here in England. There are too many dogs in shelters in the UK awaiting adoption but we have a support network – the animals here, in the main, have basic but good care, water, food a dry bed. Even these most simple needs are not met abroad, the dogs really do have to live on the street or if rounded up they are kept in appalling conditions for a few days before being PTS (put to sleep). These dogs have crossed the organiser’s path, called out for help and had their cries answered. This special lady has seen the problem in her own environment and has taken action. These are the dogs that all funds raised through the exhibition will help.
I was very proud to be invited to take part in this show and to be exhibited along side such well established artists././ .
Here is the piece i contributed to the show./.
‘All You Need Is Love’ Acrylic and Spray Paint on Mixed Reclaimed Plywood.
If you want to find out more please do visit the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Downtothebone2013
Following on from yesterdays post. . /. /
The “Terra Nova” exhibition held at Yum Yum Ninja was based around the idea of reusing and recycling. All the pieces i exhibited in the show were all made from reused materials (electric fuse box doors and record sleeves). In the run up to the show i was asked to perform some live art, as always i had a very loose concept and was going to leave it up to accident and chaos on the night. My plan was to build a ‘canvas’ on site and paint it there and then. But on the way to the show i found a set of old blinds thrown out on the street, and it was all too perfect an accident to pass up, it fitted perfectly with the recycle and reuse concept and because it looked like a scroll unrolled it tied in with the theme of the Japanese restaurant. I picked it up and decided to paint that at the show instead../. the perfect blend of planning and chaos.. /. .//. I ended up calling the piece “Love You TO Death” .. /. And i have no idea what happened to it after the show.. /. ??
“Love You To Death” Acrylic on Reclaimed Blind
It has been a seriously long time since i’ve had the resources to post./. what with moving house, being between internet and smashing my camera, all cheap excuses but all variables in why i haven’t posted, But now finally back, with a lot of stuff to show you.. /. I have been working on a secret series (which pieces will be revealed in time) i have been in two group shows, i have been live painting and i have been dropping free art in Brighton. . /. Where to start?
Lets start small, simple and beautiful../. As part of The ‘Terra Nova’ show organized by the lovely girls at Saints Lot, i painted three geisha girls on reclaimed electricity fuse box doors. The whole show was based around the idea of reusing and recycling which suits me fine. The Show was held at Yum Yum Ninja, Brighton hence the theme of my pieces. There are plenty of photos to come from the live painting i also did at the show ../. but that can wait for another post..
It feels good to be back and i hope that with this post i can wet your appetites and claw back the consistency and following i once had./../ No more dead air space.. . //.//.
(2013-08-08) Spectrum Of Sadness, Red Girl, Yellow Girl, Blue Girl
If you are interested in these pieces they are still on display at Yum Yum Ninja as they were so loved.. ./ ./././
Its been a while since i’ve done any real Free Art Friday Drop…/ . But with this amazing weather i can’t really say no../ . it’s not Friday. ./. But for those Britonians../ .here’s a piece fresh out today, it’s even sign posted for you. . . /. / /./ /.
I found this old cupboard on the street last autumn . . /. /. I did do a few posts about it when i was working on it, but some how it fell by the wayside, i completed it a good while ago now and have never posted the results. /. So here it is. . . ..//.
‘Killer Beauty’ Acrylic and Gloss on Reclaimed Cupboard
As part of I LOVE ART UK (13 women show) i have been invited to exhibit some of my work ad work in the “Spray Your Own Art” section of the stand. I am very pleased to be involved with this local project.. /. i have a bunch of pigeons ready for sale all listed below, as well as whole host of other paintings and prints. I wont be the only person exhibiting so be sure to make your face known and pay us a visit on Sunday 30th June.
If nothing takes your fancy then you can make your own piece of work there and then to take away with you in the “Spray Your Own Art” section. For a single fee you will have your surface, a lot of spray paint and the use of plenty of stencils.. /. Paint your own wooden carved heart, t-shirt or canvas././ Heres a couple of examples i knocked up yesterday, They will of course also be for sale./.
I am very pleased to announce that i will be taking part in a group show this September to raise money for homeless dogs. I am also humbled to be held in such high esteem being invited to exhibit along side some of Brighton’s biggest players, having only lived here its a real honor to be included in the list of exhibitors.
You can find out more details about the show here for which i will be donating existing art works and creating an original piece.
In a couple of months i am going to be moving house./ . This means theres going to be a bit of a downscale, as ive got well over 400 paintings to my name its about time to clear some space.. .as i have no shows coming up i figured id offer a bunch of paintings but for super cheap.. /. as theres no gallery fees or costs putting on a show 🙂 Browse them all here and message me for details. .. / ./ .
Regulars to my blog would have noted that last Upfest i also painted at the notorious Rock & Bowl hostel, Every Upfest they open up their doors and invite artists from around the world to leave their mark at the hostel. Last year i was honored to be offered a space of my own and leapt on the opportunity https://jakobbelbin.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/rock-n-bowl/ Though this year i was not staying at the hostel, their winsome manager “Matty B” extended the same offer to me once more. This time round i was a year older and had a partner in crime so i went for something completely different and chose a completely different space under the recommendation of Matty B. Its the only dark wall in the hostel and is the entrance to the smoking area. . / ./. These devastating beauty’s are 8 feet tall and were painted in about 2-3hours . /.// // …./ .
Painted using Spray Paint, Acrylic and Poscas
The Crab and Japanese were crafted by Frin.. ./. Translation “They’re So Pretty!”
This weekend it was Upfest 2013, last year i traveled alone and met a great bunch of people and I had an amazing time. This year was different, I had a partner in crime and this years festival was all the better for it, we met more fantastic people, created and absorbed some amazing art and drank a lot of drink. /. / . ///. She also contributed on both pieces by writing all the Japanese for me. /. Theres so many pictures so first im just going to show you the piece i did for the festival../.
This piece was created in 3hours using Spray Paint, Acrylic and Poscas.. / /. 6ft x 8ft Plywood
“Suicide Bombers: The Lovers”