Word to Mother - Photo of the artist - Image via arrestedmotioncom

Word To Mother /   Unknown

United Kingdom

Graffiti, Painting, Prints, Drawing


Word To Mother
United Kingdom
June 14, 2017
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Word To Mother is a British urban author who combines many creative influences and translates them into uniquely stylized pieces of art. An illustrator and tattooist with a history of graffiti, this London-based artist draws his inspiration from a background in illustration practices that lends itself very well when WTM creates multi-layered paintings that feature an interchanging cast of signature characters. Upon initially experiencing and being a part of the mural culture of San Francisco, Word to Mother became fascinated with street art and continues to contribute to the continuous evolution of urban expression, often creating works that convey both strength and intricacy.

Word to Mother - Shocking State of Affairs / Dead Friendly
Word to Mother – Shocking State of Affairs / Dead Friendly

WTM’s Introduction to the Art Scene

Word To Mother was born and raised in an English seaside town. After attending art school for illustration and discovering the wonders of the graffiti world, he entered the art world with a bang, introducing the intriguing creative pseudonym of Word to Mother that truly made him stick out from countless street colleagues. Soon after that, WTM became widely known for incorporating hand drawn personal sentiments, emotions and feelings in his street works, executed in the form of loose scripts, spurred by his experiences as a tattoo artist and influenced by years of painting graffiti. For the majority of his relatively short career, this artist drew inspiration from the time of his adolescence which holds precious memories, juxtaposed with an adulthood which has made him the talented artist he is today.

Word to Mother - Real Friends Dont Change / Constantly Consumed
Word to Mother – Real Friends Dont Change / Constantly Consumed

Analyzing His Work

Through his use of various media, Word To Mother uses his unique perspective to capture the subtleties of the environment and human emotion through a refined, inconspicuous palette and his unmistakable line work that is instantly recognizable. A beautiful juxtaposition of fragile and emotive elements shown through subtle textures and washes of color are strong and it results in a note of confidence fused with his signature patterns. Human forms exist amongst ethereal landscapes made by Word to Mother’s hands, often constructed with the use of patterns and typography, creating an emotive, nostalgic depth achieved through textured layers of spontaneous mark making. Furthermore, his works on wood panels are refreshingly subtle interpretations of society today. Word To Mother has exhibited in both the UK and the US and has been featured in various publications.

Through the use of a fine palette and his unmistakable line work, Word to Mother captures the subtleties of the human emotion and questions the agenda of media that is subjected to us

Word to Mother - Overcoming / Forgot How to Fly
Word to Mother – Overcoming / Forgot How to Fly

The Value of Word to Mother

The art of Word To Mother is one of those that is hard to describe with words. His work is often melancholic yet fun and playful with a strong optimistic feel to it. Ultimately, WTM’s art invites the viewer to look past the exterior or what is immediately apparent and question what is behind the scene – Word To Mother asks the viewer to question the agenda of media that is subjected to us, involuntarily sculpting our values and opinions.

This artist is represented by Vertical Gallery.

Word to Mother lives and works in London, England, the United Kingdom.

Featured image: Word to Mother – Photo of the artist – Image via arrestedmotion.com
All images courtesy of Vertical Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Forgot How To FlyVertical Gallery, ChicagoSolo
2016Every Saint Has A Past, Every Sinner Has A FutureThe Mine Gallery, DubaiSolo
2016Aqua Art MiamiVertical Gallery, Aqua Hotel, MiamiGroup
2016Between The LinesThe Mine Gallery, DubaiGroup
2016Better HabitsAthen B Gallery, Oakland Group
2016Winter Group ShowVertical Gallery, ChicagoGroup
2015The Great EasternVertical Gallery, ChicagoGroup
2015Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban LandscapeLong Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2015Urban Art Show At Le RichmondGalerie LeFeuvre, ParisGroup
201520 Years Under The Influence Of JuxtaposeThinkspace, LAGroup
2014Too Blessed To Be StressedStolenSpaceSolo
2014& Friends, The UK CollectiveGalerie Le Feuvre, ParisGroup
2014POW! WOW! HawaiiHonoluluGroup
2013California Coming HomeWhite Walls San FranciscoSolo
2013Fuck You Pay MeWhite Walls San FranciscoSolo
2013Art Basel MiamiThinkspaceGroup
2013Buddy SystemBreeze Block GalleryGroup
20137StolenSpace GalleryGroup
2012Can't Afford To Be BrokeWhite Walls San FranciscoSolo
2012Deck the WallsStolenSpace GalleryGroup
2012Scope Art Fair MiamiGreg Shienbaum Fine ArtGroup
2012Love & HateStolenSpace GalleryGroup
2011Essence of Adoelescence StolenSpace GallerySolo
2011UK Street Art Print NiteCorey Helford GalleryGroup
2011Summer Group ShowStolenSpace GalleryGroup
2011SpectrumMallick Williams & Co New YorkGroup
2010Blind By StardomStolenSpace GallerySolo
2010Never JudgeIn Association With Penguin Books, LondonGroup
2010Wild FantasiesA Decade Of The Don't Panic Poster, LondonGroup
2010Fame FestivalGrottaglie, ItalyGroup
2010Summer Group ShowStolenSpace GalleryGroup
2009Young Mind, Old SoulFifty24SFSolo
2009Lost For Words StolenSpace GallerySolo
2009Winter Group ShowStolenSpace GalleryGroup
2009Fame FestivalGrottaglie, ItalyGroup
2009Summer Group ShowStolenSpace GalleryGroup
2008Til The Hot Runs ColdStolenSpace GallerySolo
2008Winter Group ShowStolenSpace GalleryGroup
2008ClownsCorey Helford GalleryGroup
2008Attention SpamShoeni Art Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2008Under A Red SkyStolenSpace GalleryGroup
2008DrawCurated by Fuse GalleryGroup
2007Dead Trees, Yellow Leaves, Cups Of TeaStolenSpace GallerySolo
2007Winter Group ShowStolenSpace GalleryGroup