Shaun Belcher

Location Nottingham U.K.

About Me

Born Oxford, England, 1959

Oxford Polytechnic Foundation Art & Design 1978-1979
Hornsey College of Art : B.A. Fine Art 1979-1981
Derby University : Postgraduate Cert in Arts Practice

Had series of successful London exhibitions through 1980’s and art used on record sleeves for WEA Records and Creation Records. Interested in the transavantguardia of Italy, New Painting France and the ‘New Spirit’ of painting as featured at Royal Academy in 1981. Featured in Gilbert & George photo-piece ‘Gateway’1986. Moved back to Oxfordshire 1989 -1992 and worked in downland to create the ‘Chalk Downs ‘ set of drawings. Exhibited at The Rocket Press in 1991 alongside Ray Howard Jones, Robin Tanner and Edward Bawden (Rocket Press now Rocket Gallery London)

Started writing poetry and immediately published in small literary magazines including Southfields, Slowdancer and Oxford Poetry etc. Moved to Edinburgh 1994 and created ‘Edinburgh’ suite of etchings at Edinburgh College of Art 1994-5. Joined Shore Poets in Edinburgh and poem used as title of group anthology The Ice Horses in 1996. Anthology edited by Stewart Conn and included Ian Chrichton Smith and other leading Scottish poets.

Became interested in alt-country music in late eighties and still performs as alter-ego ‘Trailer Star’. Moved to Oxford in 1996 and started online music webzine Flyinshoes which ran until 2004.

Moved to Nottingham U.K. 2002.

Tribute to ‘Trailer Star’ CD ‘Moon Over The Downs’ released 2003 in aid of Cancer Research.

Trained as teacher at Nottingham University (P.G.C.C.E) 2004

F.E. Teacher – South Nottingham, Castle and West Notts Colleges – Literacy, Drawing and Multimedia subjects – 2005-6

Freelance web designer, artist 2006-2008

Trent University Nottingham Senior Lecturer in Multimedia 2008 -

Why do you write?

Creative people in music, painting, poetry..all inspire...

Any favorite authors? Books?

Raymond Carver.....everything he wrote....William Trevor...Jayne Anne Phillips...loads....

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