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Sight Beyond Sight: The Wild Unknown

Exhibit at Arch Enemy Arts Gallery

Sight Beyond Sight at Arch Enemy Arts

Sight Beyond Sight is an exciting new exhibition presented by Arch Enemy Arts located in Philadelphia. The show features brand new and original works by myself, Edith Lebeau, Naoto Hattori, 100taur, Aof Smith, Chris Leib, David Natale, Peca, Scott Kirschner, and Veks Van Hillik.

Sight Beyond Sight takes a unique look at the world to come, focusing on a mysterious and esoteric look at the future – a journey into the unknown. When I think of the future and the unknown, I feel a simultaneous mixture of hope and fear. The birth of a new and wild unknown can be exciting and terrifying. And what better way to exemplify that than with an actual new life? To me there is nothing more filled with possibility and promise. So here is my new piece for Sight Beyond Sight…

The Wild Unknown by Michael Shapcott
The Wild Unknown
16″ x 20″
Graphite/Acrylic/Oil on Canvas

EXHIBITION

Arch Enemy Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
July 11th – August 31st 2014

OPENING

Friday, July 11th from 6 pm – 10 pm

The Wild Unknown (detail) by Michael Shapcott

Preview the show and check the availability of artwork HERE.

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14 Feb '14

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PRISMA Collective’s 2nd Annual Group Show at WWA

So back in 2011, awesomely talented artist (and really great guy) Kaspian Shore brought me into an international collective of thirty incredible artists who work in a wide domain of mediums including painting, digital art, drawing, illustration and sculpture. I am honored to be a part of the PRISMA Collective and I’m excited to announce that this February we are kicking off our 2nd Annual Group Show at WWA Gallery in Culver City, CA!

Here is my piece for the show…

Rowan by Michael Shapcott
Rowan
11″ x 14″
Graphite/Acrylic/Oil on Canvas

EXHIBITION

WWA Gallery, Culver City, CA
Feb 15th – March 15th, 2014

OPENING

Saturday, Feb 15th from 7 pm – 10 pm

Hope you can make it out!!

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*For those interested, my original painting Rowan is now available at my store HERE. I have also released a Limited Edition print run of 30 and those are available HERE. Please email me at MichaelShapcott@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thanks!

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It was announced that PRISMA’s show was WWA’s final Fine Art show. They will be refocusing their efforts into their sister gallery, the Wonderful World of Animation. I have enjoyed exhibiting with them and am sad to see the Fine Art Gallery close. Thanks to everyone at WWA for giving artists like me a great place to show their work. I wish you continued success with the Wonderful World of Animation and best of luck in all your future endeavors!

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01 Dec '13

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The Moleskine Project III

I’m incredibly honored to be taking part in the third annual Moleskine Project, curated by PRISMA Artist Collective’s Rod Luff and Spoke Art director Ken Harman. This year there will be 70 international artists filling the gallery with framed Moleskine sketchbooks spread open to a double page. This is a show you certainly don’t want to miss! The Moleskine Project III opens December 5th and will be on view through December 21, 2013.   Here’s my piece for the show…

Loom (Moleskine) by Michael Shapcott (studio photo)
 
Loom
Loom
8 x 10
Graphite on Moleskine
SOLD

EXHIBITION

Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA
Dec 5th – Dec 21st, 2013

OPENING

Thursday, December 5th from 6 pm – 10 pm

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I can’t tell you how psyched I am to be part of this awesome line-up! View all of the works from this and previous Moleskine shows on Spoke Art’s site HERE.

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08 Sep '13

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You and I, And the Worlds Between Us

I am excited to announce an exciting new show featuring new collaboration works from the PRISMA Artist Collective presented by ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery. In case you don’t already know, PRISMA is an international artist collective founded by painter and curator Kaspian Shore in November 2011. The group currently supports 30 talented creatives, working in the fields of traditional and digital painting, drawing, illustration, sculpting and collage, and I’m proud to be among them!

For this collab show, I was slated to complete one piece with the awesome Casey Weldon and one piece with the amazing Lindsey Carr. I admire them both as artists and was honored to have the opportunity to work with each of them. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete a piece with Lindsey (although I do hope to do so in the future!) but thankfully Casey and I pulled it off.

It was a blast creating this piece with Casey. His work is really impressive and not only getting to see it up close and personal but meld my style with his was incredibly cool.

So here is our piece for the show…

Smuggle by Michael Shapcott & Casey Weldon
Smuggle
18″ x 24″
Graphite / Acrylic / Oil on Wood Panel
Collaboration between Michael Shapcott & Casey Weldon
SOLD

EXHIBITION

Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA
September 11 – October 5, 2013

OPENING

Saturday, September 14 from 6pm – 10 pm

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Preview the show on ArtHatch HERE and at Distinction HERE.

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View some photos from the opening, courtesy of Distinction Gallery.

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08 Jun '13

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365 Days!!!

Daily Drawings

Day 2 | Day 21 | Day 23 | Day 30 | Day 34 | Day 40 | Day 46 | Day 59

As part of a big Kickstarter project I drew an incredible 1 portrait every day for 1 year! Those who supported the project had the opportunity to be one of the “days” in the 365 days and have their own unique personal portrait drawn…. Well, 365 days have zipped by and it’s hard to wrap my head around what has just happened!!

Daily Drawings

Day 71 | Day 78 | Day 84 | Day 95 | Day 109 | Day 121 | Day 122 | Day 135

First of all, it’s been an absolute privilege drawing personal portraits for the amazing people that took part. I loved hearing stories of who was being drawn and why – some very emotional and touching, some fun and interesting, and all of them unique and lovely in their own way. I’m so thankful to everyone who took part.

Daily Drawings

Day 150 | Day 156 | Day 161 | Day 189 | Day 207 | Day 224 | Day 235 | Day 258

This project has taught me a lot (and continues to teach me as I still have many paintings, an e-book, and a DVD to finish!). Drawing every day without fail was not an easy feat. It took a lot of hard work and dedication and as with everything there were some benefits and challenges…

Benefits

  • I was able to draw personal and meaningful portraits for some pretty amazing people and that alone has been incredibly rewarding
  • I learned more about self-discipline and perseverance by making the decision not to give up and draw every piece the best I could at the time
  • I thought I was good at drawing before but looking back I don’t know how true that was (lol!) so a major benefit was that I definitely improved
  • It was kind of like being in a condensed summer course at college but a way more intense and longer version with a bigger sense of responsibility. Being in that demanding situation allowed me to transform myself into a better artist more quickly than I naturally would have
  • I’m faster and more comfortable at drawing now which is really nice
  • Before the project, drawing commissions were a bit scary for me and now I’m more comfortable and have a lot more confidence with them. It’s become a lot more natural than it was before
  • I also learned that self-care is really important after sitting in a chair for a year and neglecting everything possible for the work involved

Challenges

  • The greatest challenge was the deadlines. Some days were better than others and I always gave it my all but I had to post the drawing even if I wasn’t completely happy with it because time was up
  • Having no time off meant that I didn’t have much time to reflect or think about the direction I wanted to go in – I just had to keep going
  • There was a huge pressure in getting a likeness right and it was nerve-wracking sending drawing images to pledgers because I didn’t know if they would like them or not (thankfully most did)
  • I was already a shut-in before the project but this brought it to a whole new level. I had to sacrifice almost all of my personal time and it didn’t really leave room for much else to happen. When unexpected personal stuff did happen, this created even more of a challenge in keeping up with the rest of the project and my online presence and communications.
 
Even though there may be some things I would have done differently had I known then what I know now, this experience has been tremendously valuable and truly life-changing for me. I want to thank my backers for their wonderful support and I want to thank everyone who followed along with every drawing during this incredible year of portraits.
Daily Drawings

Day 290 | Day 311 | Day 315 | Day 316 | Day 323 | Day 339 | Day 363 | Day 364

View all 365 portraits from start to finish by clicking on the image below. If you want to view each individual day, you can do so on my Tumblr page dedicated to the project at www.DrawingADrawing.com.

Drawing A Drawing 365 by Michael Shapcott

Drawing A Drawing 365 by Michael Shapcott
Please click HERE to enlarge

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