(Eley's Yard Gallery, Old Truman Brewery)
âLost For Words' opening at the StolenSpace Gallery on the 19th March will showcase new works by artist Word To Mother. This much anticipated solo show, his third at StolenSpace, will feature paintings in spraypaint and acrylic on wood, canvas, found objects and installation pieces. This show will also see the release of limited edition wooden boxes hand made by the artist. (contents to be revealed at a later date)
About the Artist
Word to Mother was born and raised in a small English seaside town, never far from a stoney beach, crashing waves and salty sea veterans. It's this environment that has had such impact and influence on Word to Mothers work and can be seen throughout his drawings and paintings, whether that be the salvaged wood that he often uses as his canvas or the âSailor Jerry' tattoo references that appear subtly within his work, his paintings help to remind him of his roots whilst now dwelling in a town
called London that he makes home. If he is not drawing; and there's rarely a moment in the day that his sketch book isn't being filled with twisted sketches or letter outlines that nod to his past, then he is on the lookout for discarded objects, vintage printed matter, or reading and broadening his knowledge so he can find the correct metaphors and words to describe his visual language. His looseness of line, fluidity of style and energy present in each and every painting make his work and approach truly unique and have fast gained him a firm and loyal following, his last show âTill the Hot Runs Cold' confirmed this by selling out within the opening night. With shows scheduled for London, San Francisco and LA his artwork ensures that no matter where in the world he travels he's never far from his home-town port.
This new collection of work sees WTM delve deeper into his obsession with nature and the hand made. Suggestions of nostalgic sign writing and unmistakable WTM figures feature within a salvaged environment where they appear to have existed for years. The introduction of lonely astronaut characters immersed in clouds encourages the viewer to âKeep their head in the clouds' as WTM says, embodying the feeling of retaining individuality and staying true to oneself instead of conforming to a plastic lifestyle. The show title, âLost for Words' sees WTM's love of wordplay and suggests that all the lost and discarded objects that have been used, made their way especially to him. In this new work there is a definite feeling of nostalgia, times of when we dreamt of what we could be rather than what we should be.
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