Posts tagged “Southampton

Franz’s Many Heads Left Scattered On The Beach.. . . ./// ./

Today i took a walk along Brighton beach with a bag of heads.. ././. . ../. Though i felt a bit bad for leaving them there, i didnt think they’d last long and at the very least they’d be returned to a natural origin.. / ./. So my conscience wasn’t too heavy i left with a couple of buckets of beach rubbish,  leaving the beach better than i found it.,. . ..// .

These slate paintings were painted over two years ago, from a series of photographs i took at a small intimate gig at the Bargate Monument in Southampton. The head in question was that of Franz Nicolay.. . /. Good bye Nicolay. /.

It’s getting closer and closer.. . /. /. Little One.. . /

This year me and my very good friend Leopold West started writing a short film. Initially intended as a 3min short for a competition about the idea of “boss” it quickly snow balled into a much bigger monster, Thankfully the competition was abandoned and so we were free to take as long as we wanted and to do what we wanted.. .. just the way i like it.  We decided to stick with the premise of “boss” as we’d already had more than half the script down. Most of the filming was completed around spring but then a wave of chaos crashed into our tiny little world and we were forced to put the unfinished film on the back burner. At the end of this summer we managed to find a place and time to meet up and get the final shot. With this most important of shots successfully completed it gave a new burst of life and activity to the project… /. /. with Myself in Brighton ,Leopold in Southampton and our very talented sound engineer Joe Gilder at Boneyard audio in Guildford its a wonder this film has made it out at all.. . But it has.. ./.  well nearly//. . with only a few more tweaks to add I am very pleased to be a part of this project and can’t wait to release the finished product.. . ///. In the mean time here is the trailer .. .. …/ . Enjoy Little One

Another Sinking Ship. . …. . / . / .

Apologies for the terrible photos, but its there and i’m very pleased.. . … / . / .

‘Please Don’t Leave’ Acrylic on Plywood   100cm x 100cm

 Retracing the Unsinkable: The Titanic Centenary
Open Exhibition in Southampton City Art Gallery
17 March – 29 April

‘Retracing The Unsinkable’.. . .. . . .. / ./ .

Retracing the Unsinkable: The Titanic Centenary
Open Exhibition in Southampton City Art Gallery
17 March – 29 April

‘Please Don’t Leave’      Acrylic On Plywood    100cm x 100cm

Heads. .. … .. . / . / ./ …

A while back on a freezing winter night a very close friend of mine was putting on a show in the monument gallery castle in Southampton, right at the last minute he need to find a photographer.. . . and well i have a camera and i liked the acts playing so i was chosen. The venue its self was enough of an excuse to go along but the bands on the bill were all fantastic too. The head-liner who i was especially enthusiastic about was Franz Nicolay previously of The Hold Steady. I’d seen and met him once before but that as only in passing, So i knew i had to go.

Though the heating in the venue had packed up by the time the show started the whole evening flew by in a blizzard of sub zero temperatures and snow white smiles. Everyone had had an awesome evening shouting along in a castle and i had got thousands of photos. Upon arriving home post gig i started reviewing the photos, i noticed that Franz was a hard man to capture still. I had quite a good collection of blurred faces, i decided to keep them for future reference. I later forgot about them and carried on painting as i normally would.

But Yesterday i stumbled upon them again and decided to do a quick series on Franz’s head, i had some old bits of slate lying around and so i figured considering the venue this would be the perfect medium. . … . . .. …. . . /. Here is ‘Franz Head Collection I-V’

‘Franz Head Collection I-V’   Acrylic on Slate

A busy day in the studio. . … . . .. …/. /.

I’ve got a lot on my plate this month preparing for my third solo show at the Jewry St. Gallery, Winchester (starting 16th Feb)  building frames and adding finishing touches to the pieces on show. Not that I’ve fully decided which pieces will be on show… . .

At the same time I’ve got more preparation for the ‘Retracing the Unsinkable’ exhibition this march in Southampton, and for the ‘Celebrating Life’ exhibition in Winchester. As well as that I’ve still got to keep myself occupied painting new pieces for who knows when so i don’t loose my mind. . .. .. . /. all is well in the studio of Belbin..  . .. . . / . / . /.. // .

This Is Clean.. . … / . /

Got That Sinking Feeling.. . …. . . .. / . /.

This week i have been exceptionally busy working on explosion drawings but I’ve also managed to squeeze this piece in and will be getting ready to submit it to ‘Retracing the Unsinkable’ Southampton City Art Gallery’s Open Exhibition 2012 Remembering the Titanic .. . …. .. .. . .. ./ . . /.

‎’Please Don’t Leave’ 100 x 100 cm Acrylic and Fragile Tape on Plywood

Wish me luck.. . …. . . . / . /.


Figurative Study.. …. .. /.

For this piece i have steered away from any particular theme or point by choosing a dull but inevitable part of everyone’s lives and focused completely on the aesthetic qualities.. . . .. here is Fig.I through the motions .. .. .. .. . so far.. /.

Acrylic on Salvaged Plywood   62 x 88 cm

Soon to have a new home. .. . . .. . /.

This small hand full of reclaimed slate paintings will soon find a new home with people i’ve never met.. .. . .. . .. .. . .. .

I finally have a website online after years of painting .. .. .. . .

Go and have a look and share the link.. . … . … .. / .

Subway . .. .. . Sub success. . .. ….. .. /.

Last month one (three) of my paintings made a semi permanent home in The Portland Terrace Underpass in a bid to drum up some hype for my solo exhibition show the following week and to find out just what the general public really make of my art when it’s just presented to them.

I was astounded to find out how many people really don’t care, or so it seemed. Now it could be the simple fact that they are busy and on their way somewhere  or only have half an hour for lunch, or it could just be they don’t like my work. Either way, within the constant flow of people upon approach more of them seemed preoccupied with working out just what the hell i think im doing stood here, what am I selling? What are my motives? Upon realisation that it was just art they became incredibly self aware, awkward and tried their utmost to avoid making eye contact. I could feel their eyeballs clawing in their sockets to sneak in one more look, what is this guy doing.. . . . .? What is he selling. . …. . . . . . ?

Here was what I like to think of as a positive change to the otherwise hideously grey mundane scenery; the wood for my paintings had come from the street and here they were back in it but with more colour. Instead I had become a billboard that no one cares about, I had become a billboard that people were too scared to look at. Why? because i was stood there, a real person. A real person seems to be a threat in society today and is it any surprise people feel that way? Just look around, I shan’t go in to the causes because deep down we all know what they are. The point I guess I’m trying to make is that more people should approach their fears and confront them rather than looking the other way and hoping it’ll disappear. More people should also get out there and do the things they love regardless of what others may think, it will make your life and the lives of those around you a million times better. I was again surprised when organising this that i was the first person in the whole of Southampton to ever attempt showing artwork in a subway for free; it’s no wonder people were cautious of me and my work, things like this obviously dont happen very often…nobody seems to try.

Now rant aside that’s not to say that I got no feedback at all because for every 50-100 people that walked past a couple would approach me and talk through my work and what it was I was doing. From where I was stood it made them smile, maybe even made their day if I were that way inclined. So, as far as I am concerned it was a success and the things I took away from it was that I’ve got to do more, I can do more and I will do more…and to everyone else, whatever it is you do, you can do more, do more of it and make it your everything. . . … . . . … . .  . .. . ..

Gutters to Galleries only two days away. … . . . .


Not Long Now. …. . .. . ….. . . . . … .

Get Out There, Go Clubbing You Might Find Someone Who Really Loves You.. … .. …… . . ..

Living for the weekend, the only way to have a good time is to go out and get fucked….. .. . . I grow tiresome of the endless supply of pissed up inflated egos falling out of clubs and pissing against statues, dressed in this seasons hottest new look in the hope that they can find someone to stick it to… .. . .. Fuck That.


‘Bliss’ Acrylic on Boards

Gutters To Galleries 28th September. .. ….. . . .. . .

Join me at the TAOI Gallery for my new solo show Gutters To Galleries  .. . … . . . . And find me in the subways of Southampton between 22nd-24th September. … ..

Gutters To Galleries. …. . .. .. .

Skulls are coming to the subways of Southampton between 21st – 23rd of September . .. …. . . . . Before finding another home at the TAOI Gallery 28th of September . .. .. . . . .

Skulls Are Coming To The Subways. .. … . . .. . . ….. . . ..

I am in the final stages of confirming everything for this up and coming exhibition ‘Gutters To Galleries’

Soon these three skulls will be fining a new temporary home in the subways of Southampton, Keep your eyes peeled and watch this space for conformation of dates.

Bits Of Things You Can’t See . .. .. . …. . .. .. . . .

Recently i have been preparing for my solo exhibition at The Taoi Gallery, Southampton..  .. . .

Which is why ive not posted any new paintings in a while, obviously i don’t want to post everything that ive been doing or else there’d be no real need to see the show so heres a few close up previews of some of the paintings ive been working on . .. . .. … . . . . . . .. .. .