Bio / Shows

Michael ShapcottMichael Shapcott (born June 6, 1982 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a Central Connecticut-based painter, known for his daring color palette and emotionally charged portraits. His work deals with highly detailed graphite underdrawings which he then paints with colorful washes in oil and acrylic paints. In addition to painting, Shapcott creates art videos that track the process of painting a painting and show his unique style of working.

Shapcott studied illustration for two years before switching to fine arts for the remainder of his studies at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, graduating in 2007 with a diploma in Fine Arts. He credits his education for basic technical experience but feels that only in breaking some of the traditional methods he was taught and experimenting on his own did he develop the confidence, unique voice and style he continues to expand upon today.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

“3rd Annual PRISMA Collective Group Show” at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA + Opening February 7, 2015

Selected Exhibitions:

“Sight Beyond Sight,” Arch Enemy Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2014
“2nd Annual PRISMA Collective Group Show,” WWA Gallery, Culver City, CA 2014
“The Moleskine Project III,” Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA 2013
“The Animal In Me,” Subtext, San Diego, CA 2013
“Painted Sound,” Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA 2013
“Milk,” Fine Grime, Bath, England 2012
“Blood,” WWA Gallery, Culver City, CA 2012
“Picks of the Harvest,” Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA 2012
“The Beginning of the End,” Lower Haters, San Francisco, CA 2010
Solo “Onawa” Series, David Apuzzo Gallery, Hamden, CT 2010
“Bee Here Now – A State of Mind,” The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2010
“Friends Stoning Friends,” Jinxed Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2009
“This is the End,” Alternative Cafe, Seaside, CA 2009
“World of Imagination, Vol. 2,” APW Gallery, Long Island City, NYC 2009
“April’s Fools,” No Regrets Tattoo & Gallery, Naugatuck, CT 2009
“Essence & Artifacts” with Silas Finch, Hull’s Gallery, New Haven, CT 2009
“identity theft,” Guilford Art Center, Mill Gallery, CT 2008
“Young Guns,” iO Gallery, Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut 2008
Solo “3 Circles” Series, Tiffany Smith Gallery, Johnstown, New York 2008
“Real Party,” Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut 2007
College Show, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Connecticut 2006