Announcing the release of my 2nd Limited Edition Print: ROWAN

01 Jan '14

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Inspiration: Year of the Horse

Samurai on Horse, statue of Kusunoki Masashige, Tokyo, Japan, 14th century

Statue of Kusunoki Masashige, Tokyo, Japan 14th century

Leonardo da Vinci, Study of Horse and Rider, 1481

Leonardo da Vinci, Study of Horse and Rider, 1481

Albrecht Dürer Knight, Death and the Devil 1500s

Albrecht Dürer, Knight, Death and the Devil, 1500s

Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven (1798-1881) A White Stallion in a Landscape

Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven (1798-1881), A White Stallion in a Landscape

Eugene Fromentin, Voleurs de Nuit (Night Robbers) 1867

Eugene Fromentin, Voleurs de Nuit (Night Robbers), 1867

Edmund Dulac, Eldorado from The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe 1912

Edmund Dulac, Eldorado from The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe, 1912

Salvador Dali, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1946

Salvador Dali, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1946

Rene Magritte, The Blank Cheque, 1965

Rene Magritte, The Blank Cheque, 1965

Kay Nielsen, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Lad in Battle

Kay Nielsen, The Lad in Battle from East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1976

Douwe Blumberg, Warhorse 1, 2008

Douwe Blumberg, Warhorse 1, 2008

Adrien Deggan Bucephalus and Alexander 2010

Adrien Deggan, Bucephalus and Alexander, 2010

Casey Weldon, Pony Show

Casey Weldon, Pony Show

Esao Andrews, White Horse, 2012

Esao Andrews, White Horse, 2012

Nimit Malavia, Better to be the Storm than the Sea

Nimit Malavia, Better to be the Storm than the Sea, 2012

Caitlin Hackett, Dead Horses 2013

Caitlin Hackett, Dead Horses, 2013

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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)
8 x 10
Graphite on Moleskine


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


Thursday, December 5th from 6 pm – 10 pm


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


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


Saturday, September 14 from 6pm – 10 pm


Preview the show on ArtHatch HERE and at Distinction HERE.

– – UPDATE – –

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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…


  • 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


  • 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

Drawing A Drawing 365 by Michael Shapcott

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

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11 Feb '13

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The Animal in Me at Subtext Gallery

I’m super excited to announce PRISMA Art Collective’s 1st Annual Group Show!!! The exhibit is entitled The Animal in Me and will be exhibited by the wonderfully awesome Subtext Gallery. The show will open February 15th and will run through March 17th, 2013.   Here is my piece for the show…

Halcyon Days by Michael Shapcott
Halcyon Days
16″ x 20″
Graphite / Acrylic / Oil on Canvas


Subtext Gallery, San Diego, CA
February 15th – March 17th, 2013


Friday, February 15th from 6 pm – 10 pm

Preview the rest of the exhibit on the Subtext website HERE to see all the awesome work that will be included in the show.


Featured PRISMA Artists include: Ana Bagayan, Tom Bagshaw, Lindsey Carr, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, Leontine Greenberg, Nicole Gustafsson, Caitlin Hackett, Daria Hlazatova, Ruben Ireland, Sarah Joncas, Nom Kinnear King, Kit Lane, Edith Lebeau, Alex Louisa, Rod Luff, Jen Mann, Kelly McKernan, Soey Milk, Lady Orlando, Lilly Piri, Audrey Pongracz, Michael Shapcott, Kaspian Shore, Allison Sommers, Kelly Vivanco, Casey Weldon & Bec Winnel.

– – UPDATE – –

I wasn’t able to make it out to see the show in person since I’m all the way in Connecticut 🙁 but luckily some shots are popping up across the web. HERE are some shots posted by the one and only PRISMA. And the photo below is courtesy of VEDA Art.

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22 Jan '13

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Painted Sound at Flower Pepper Gallery

I recently completed a piece for an exciting upcoming exhibition called Painted Sound, a project curated by Ixie Darkonn & Alexandra Mazzanti (Dorothy Circus Gallery) that opens at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena later this month. Inspiration for each piece came from my go-to inspiration… MUSIC! Artist’s chose a song, painted their hearts out, and wrote about how and why the song inspired them. The painting images / descriptions from the 46 artists taking part will exhibit AND be made into a small book coming out later this month (will keep you posted about that!).
Here’s my piece…

Circe   (pronounced SUR-see)
inspired by the song Now’s the Only Time I Know  by Fever Ray
11″ x 14″
Graphite/Acrylic/Oil on Canvas



Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Jan 26th – Feb 28th, 2013


Saturday, Jan 26th from 6 pm – 10 pm

Visit the exhibition website to preview the show and find out which songs inspired each piece. Also on the site is a very cool preview trailer which I’ve re-posted below.

(click HERE for best FULL-SCREEN view)

Artists taking part include:
Adam Oehlers | Afan | Afarin Sajedi | Alessia Iannetti | Anne Angelshaug | Aunia Kahn
Brian Despain | Christos Tsintsaris | Clementine De Chabaneix | Elena Cermaria | Felipe Bedoya | Francescaromana Di Nunzio | Gabriel Gressie | Guillermo Lorca Garcia | Ixie Darkonn | Jana Brike | Jeff Mendes | Jezabel Nekranea | Jon Enigma Jaylo | Kristian Adam | Leila Ataya | Luciano Civettini | Marco Tarascio | Mari Inukai | Mark Elliott | Matt Linares | Michael Shapcott | Mr. Klevra | Naoto Hattori | Natalie Shau | Natascia Raffio | Nom Kinnear King | Paolo Guido | Pluvia Blanchewoods | Robert Dowling | Ryan Myers | Sarolta Bàn | Scott Radke | Seven Moods | Shazia Rashid-Smith | Sonya Fu | Steven Kenny | Valentina Brostean | Xue Wang | Yoshimasa Tsuchiya | Yosuke Ueno

Hope you can make it out!!

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