I painted these three canvases after Spectrum paints very kindly sent me some new tubes of oil paint. Sadly my ground wasn’t suitable and the linseed leaked into the support discolouring the painting. I painted over. However I am re-painting the main and to my mind most successful image below.
1985-8 London abstract work used as covers for The Weather Prophets band.
These the only three pieces of work this year and they were all submitted.
The selectors took the two drawings..have to work harder on paintings 🙂
The full list of exhibitors here: http://nottinghamcastleopen.com/
Here the first coloured drawing from a couple of weeks back and a new three part 12′ x 4′ canvas.
This connects directly with my mid to late 1980’s work…..especially the Record Sleeve paintings.
Plus ca change…
These two canvases were painted in may last year before the Lady Bay ‘Moogee’ show. They were shown but in a hallway but many people may have missed them.
I did not put online at time as they been at my friend Stephe’s from last May until recently. I forgot about them when I submitted to the Open. They may indicate where I headed in the new sequence I will be working on for this year’s Lady Bay show. Again it will be at 117 Holme Road 🙂
Red Barn 2005 watercolour and pencil on paper 24" x 36" £200
I have just completed a complete archive of work from 1975-2000. 25 years of strange stuff indeed. In the process I found some images that had slipped the net when creating this current catalogue so here they are.
Here a watercolour form 2005 and two drawings from Egerton Studio in 2004.
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These are the final dozen illustrations as delivered to James Elkins for his 2nd Edition of Artists with Phds book (Published May 2014). It enabled me to successfully complete my M.A. by registered project for which I received a distinction in January 2014.
My thanks to James Elkins for a ‘revealing’ experience although I maybe now know more than I need to about Fine Art Phds and their academic validity:-)
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I had work in two exhibitions in succession. The works were created especially for the shows from previous sketchbook ideas.
Most of this summer when not dealing with my mother’s passing on 8th June has been spent working on presentations for a series of conferences. Full details available on my Research Blog
This has arisen from the drawn analysis of research I have been doing. Examples above. Full sequence of Moogee V Frayling available on blog or academia edu : http://nottinghamtrent.academia.edu/ShaunBelcher
I was also asked to be a ‘live scriber’ at the STEAM conference at Wimbledon College of Art and presented Moogee cartoons at a Humour conference at Mostyn, Llandudno in March 2012.
The new year 2012 from January – April I shared a space in the studio as the main building was infected with a hideous black mould. It wasn’t until April that the problem sorted and the rebuild of studio happened. I then took over the space I currently in. This has been the first time in my life I have had a dedicated room for painting in 🙂 I was also asked to create a show for NCN in march so I drew a whole new set of Moogee cartoons on two themes – The Modern Art School and Modern Art World.
A difficult series of paintings done whilst dealing with my mother’s slow decline with cancer. I deliberately tried to be more positive and went back to some stock symbols I had used throughout the eighties in my work. I also consciously tried to ‘layer’ these symbols like ‘tags’ across the already pretty flat canvas surface.
Whilst preparing for the ‘Connect’ show I did complete two gouaches and two small landscape paintings based on a visit to Youlgreave in Derbyshire painted from memory and some snap shots. A moment of sanity in the madness I did not have a studio by this point and wouldn’t have one again for three years.
Well post ‘Connect’ I let rip for a week in the Goldfactory space ( the empty space I left when I decamped briefly to the City Arts project then swapped into Mik Godley’s old space). We used the empty spaces to stage some very successful ‘art research’ shows and I created the Goldfactory website and managed the project along with Paul Matosic.
For my research space month I worked directly on to the large end wall creating highly controversial cartoons attacking everything I could think of especially ACE and academia ironically as it responded by giving me a permanent post that Autumn.
I was struggling to focus on the Lincoln/Derby CONNECT course financed by the Arts Council as I was fast learning how to survive in academia.
I finally pulled together (literally) a show based around a collection of recorded songs in the manner of Daniel Johnston’s shows and performances.
I painted 12 canvasses in a weekend each an ‘illustration’ of a song on the CD. To bulk out a fairly weak bunch of paintings I dressed in character for the private view and played a ‘fake’ vinyl copy of the record in the foyer. The really cutting Moogee cartoons were put on hold as ‘not suitable for a public space’ and I did not want to offend the staff at The Collection who were much nicer and more knowledgeable than the course academics to be honest. I played a part and walked away not having upset anybody.
I did play one gig as ‘Trailer Star’ as part of an ACE funded event at the Oldknows building later that summer.
My mentor for connect was Terry Shave and he invited me to submit work for the NTU staff drawing show in May 2008 ( I was still a HPL – hourly paid lecturer at this point). I managed to sneak a fairly political re-drawing of Conrad Atkinson’s 1978 palette map of the art world. My version replaced main categories with ‘fashion’ and ‘facebook’ looks like I got that spot on……
In September 2007 I embarked on a one-year part-time postgrad ‘Arts Practice’ course through Derby University and The Collection, Lincoln.
Ironic considering the Moogee target of 2006. Turned out that it confirmed a lot of ideas I had about the Arts Council and its networks as nepotistic, immature and corrupt and that was just the tutors on the course!
It ended with a strange exhibition in the very fine Collection main gallery. I had to cover my Moogee tracks with a concocted a piece of work which basically papered over the cracks to keep people happy. I received a certificate for completing the course and promptly threw everything to do with it apart from the paintings into the bin.
Noticed by Arts Hub Moogee started writing a weekly column along with a cartoon. Here a selection.
The first appearance of Moogee the Art Dog – originally an accessory for the ‘contemporary artist’ and named after MUJI the shop. This cartoon strip may be seen as a tad cynical or realistic depending on your point of view.