DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition which includes another chance to see the Homeless in the Puppetised City Exhibition. 2nd-28th February 2015 at the Floor 1 Exhibition Space, Central Library, Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6HP

A major new exhibition for 2015 of Puppetised Art works by Nottingham based PuppetTVGraffiti Artist
Marcus Clarke


Feb 2nd 2015 the Exhibition opens.

Feb 4th Marcus gives an Artist Talk.
"Non Zoomorphic objects and images are irreverently treated and given the illusion of life". "Character, expression, life, is in the spaces. In what's not being obviously said." "Emotional Intelligence is far more important to an artist, to art, than Academic Intelligence."
Public Feedback on Marcus Clarke's Artist Talk:
Q. What the Public most enjoyed & remembered?
All very good and well presented.
The degree of interaction.
Life stories that inspired the artwork and how work evolved.
A most creative and knowledgeable artist.
Unusual topic, interactive talk. His originality.
The variety of materials and excellent use of colours.
Looking @ work with a back story.
Artist's Imagination and Creativity.
The way Marcus has turned facades of Nottm buildings into puppets.
Many possibilities of puppets to satirise things.

Artist Talk 2 on 20th feb concentrated on explaining the Emotional Intelligence used in the works creation.
feedback includes. "A massive thank you to Marcus for such a eye opening, surprising, thought provoking, imaginative and informative journey through his art and Doghorse Coat exhibition today. Sorry I just stood there and said "wow" too often".

Different Perspective. Photographer Tim Hills.
Why can't we be friends Spirit of 75
Artist and digital Creative Paul Fillingham of Thinkamigo

I was at Mansfield College of Art with Paul Fillingham in the '70's and it was nice of him to visit my Exhibition saying, "Enjoyed the 'DogHorse Coat' Art Exhibition at Nottingham Central Library" and adding this Photo. This is the contemporary song that informs it.

The Exhibiting Artist Marcus Clarke is from, and lives in, Nottingham. He has owned and ran a Puppetry Arts Company, Hands Up Puppets in Nottingham for over 25 years. The Homeless in the Puppetised City part of this exhibition is a reflection on Nottingham. A unique and personal sense of place. Using stories about, and images of, some of Nottingham's most well known buildings, Marcus has Puppetised or changed them to imbue them with some of the qualities of a Puppet. Irreverently they are re-imagined and given the illusion of life by an excluded puppet child, The Little Stinkweed. A character that Marcus, a professional Puppet Maker and Puppeteer, has made specially for this. In these works both of their views are merged. A free eBook Catalogue of this part of the exhibition can be downloaded here onto a Computer, iPad or Phone and for free here.
Marcus gave a talk about the exhibition and his work at the Library Gallery on 4th Feb. 2-4pm.

This exhibition also provides the opportunity to see some of Hands Up Puppets made for TV Puppets; some earlier PuppetTVGraffiti Puppetised works and a range of brand new works made for this exhibition under the banner, The DogHorse Coat. They are Puppetised Pet Dog Coats given a Modern yet Medieval and Heraldic twist. 

      "To me, artworks should tell, evoke or imply a story".

"I began this project interested in combining the worlds of Medieval Heraldry with modern day Designer Dog Coats. I wanted to create Art on modern day Dog Coats, to make artworks of them. Influenced by Medieval Heraldic Horse Coat design, hence the title, The DogHorse Coat.
As with all of my Contemporary Art there is an underlying ambition to advance both Puppetry and Contemporary Art by creating and exhibiting more of my Puppetry based Art, my Puppetised
PuppetTVGraffiti works. Engaging and interesting people in them and both of these art forms".

On the right is an image of Lord Lutterell which I found while a Schoolboy at Lutterell School in Nottingham. I remember showing it to the Headmaster. The Badge, Emblem or Charge of white birds on blue field, background, was on my school breast Blazer pocket. It was emblazoned upon me. While the rules of Heraldic imagery are mostly well defined they are less so when it comes to Charges, the things placed on top. I enjoyed exploring this freedom.
Marcus Clarke

This is the first prototype DogHorse Coat complete with Old French title.
Red Eye Big Tongue, îillet rouget, longe langue.

Oh Canada
Oh Canada

Ivan Spetsnaz-Bat

Space Dog
Space Dog
Diver Dad
Spirit of 1975
(Why can't we be friends?)
DogHorse Coat TemplateFree download DogHorse Coat A4 Template right.
Loosely speaking, Heraldic rules dictate that Metals, White and Yellow, are always inbetween other colours. Red, Blue etc. Charges, which are things stuck on top, can be anywhere. Google the basic rules of Heraldry and create your own as I did pictured here using the Template.
Acouts Heraldry WorkshopHeraldic Creative Workshop
First Cohort of Boy Scouts make their own DogHorse Coats in Marcus's Creative Workshop.

Promoting the Exhibition and handing out Flyers in Nottingham City Centre.

Exhibition Cabinet Schools Workshops display.

Pheletia Liburd of Sugar and Serendipity made this DogHorse Coat O Canada themed Cake to present to the Floor 1 Gallery and Library Staff.