2017. ././ . Its been a seriously long year, its been a seriously tough year and I’m only just reaching the end of the the beginning…
There has been a massive shift and change of course in my art work. The past four years have seen a long and slow decrease in the out put of Original Artworks and a sharp increase in the output of Drawings and Tattoo designs. it has been a conscious effort to pursue a career that allows me to create everyday, change peoples lives and develop as an Artist. I am on the cusp of achieving this goal and becoming a licensed Tattoo Artist, But that’s not the end of the journey it is in fact only the beginning of a new field to explore.
While Painting will always remain a true love of mine, Drawing, Design and Tattooing will be at the forefront of my output now, which has over the past few years given me completely new ideas to explore, New challenges to overcome and new skills to master.. ././. The body too is an canvas and one i cannot wait to start making my mark on. . /././/. . Let 2018 be the year for Ink. ./ /. Black Ink. ./ .
A Selection of Designs from 2017. ./. Black Ink Only. ./ Black Book
The more i practice for the art of Tattoo the more my half finished ideas of art and expression slip away, today i sought to rekindle one such project, changing the pen for the brush to take on an old adversary
In 2012 i started a series entitled ‘Life In Little Pieces’.
The idea was to create a wall of 12 ‘saints’ all of which have had their place in my life past and future. essentially they are all self portraits /. They would be exhibited in a row, like the imposing art in a christian church, but take on a more gothic and self reflecting tone. Rather than these idols that celebrate the idea of virtue and sacrifice i wanted to focus on the parts of humanity which we might not want to fully admit, misdeed, alienation, heartbreak and ultimately, mortality.
A little while back a was commissioned to design a half sleeve of Alien Vs Predator../ . I never posted photos here so ./. here they are
Black ink on paper. /.
Below are stages in the drawing process. /
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
‘Re-Tar-DEAD’ Acrylic on reclaimed plywood
He’s something to balance out the niceties of the last post… /. This piece has been painted on an old dart board box, the box itself is as you would expect covered in misfired shots and dart holes. I found it on one my travels the other week and it seemed like the perfect surface for this idea i had sitting in my sketch book for far too long…/..
‘Life Is Pain’ 50 cm x 50 cm Acrylic on Dartboard Box
She is here .. . ./. Little One is finally finished.. . .and all i want to do is that all over again.. . …/ A massive thanks to Leopold West, Joe Gilder,Mike Bartlett, Ben Belbin and Julia Goodchild for making this possible.. . ./.
Enjoy… /./ ..
Find out a bit more about the film here….
And find out a bit about the music here.. ./.
A few posts ago regulars would recall the ‘Birds In Black Frames’ post.. . .at the time i could only post a few of them as i was still without a camera and i still am.. . . ././. luckily i have very helpful friends. .. /. .heres the rest of those lovely birds you so often walk by.. . . .. /./. /
‘Christ’ ‘Just Another’ ‘Nesting Mother’
All acrylic on hardboard in recycled canvas frames
All of the ‘Birds In Black Frames’ are available via The Jewry Street Gallery , Winchester… ./ . /
All four of these were painted yesterday on the streets of Brighton. . . ./. /. They are now available today here.. . / /. http://www.freewebstore.org/jakob-belbin-arts1