London-based artist Word To Mother was born and raised in an English seaside town. After attending art school for illustration, and with a background in graffiti, Word To Mother entered into the art world.
Word To Mother creates work that combines many influences into uniquely layered paintings, often atop pieces of salvaged wood. Incorporating hand drawn personal sentiments, emotions and feelings that he executes in the form of loose script, inspired from his experience as a tattoo artist and tight sign written letters, drawn from years of painting graffiti.
Suggestions of nostalgic sign writing and unmistakable WTM figures feature within a salvaged environment where they appear to have existed for years. A beautiful juxtaposition, of fragile and emotive elements shown through subtle textures and washes of colour, but with a strength and confidence fused with his signature patterns, architecture & figures. His work is melancholic yet fun and playful. With an earthy ‘London’ palette of grey tones accentuating splashes of brighter ‘seaside’ colours of fluro red, pink, yellows and turquoise which give the paintings an optimistic feel.
“I love looking at line work and seeing stuff done by draughtsmen as well as artists’ sketches. However, within the environment around me, influences on me are colours, textures, rust and decay. I love things that are worn away and have previously lived.
In terms of typography, old advertising really inspires me and I also get a lot of influences from nature and the people I see. I’m always trying to document life around me and I feel that each art piece I do is almost like a snapshot in time of what is happening and going on around me.” – Word To Mother (UK Adapta)