Artist name: WRDSMTH
Featured Work 1:
WRDSMTH speaks for himself by leaving a variety of engaging, encouraging, and personal statements in public places. They entertain, compliment, and challenge the viewer to live fully. The typewriter image that sometimes accompanies the words along with the typewriter font lend a thoughtful, vintage vibe to this street art phenomenon. Messages like, “Smile, it’s an old school status update,” also playfully combine time periods and genres. The voice of this artist and writer shine through these works with simplicity, poignancy, and vulnerability.
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5 Questions for the Artist:
1. What is art to you?
“I think art is something created by an individual with the intent to inspire, entertain, or woo other individuals.”
2. What did you make in the past, and why?
“I am writer. Always have been. I love writing in various mediums and have done so throughout my life. I’ve written love letters, comic books, novels, screenplays, short stories, articles, advertisements, short films, tv shows, etc. I am a published author and former advertising copywriter.”
3. What are you making now, and why?
“Now, quite unexpectedly, I am a rising street artist. Bottom line, I love to write. And I do — every day. I still write in various mediums – street art being one of them, albeit a pretty fun and challenging one. The great thing is, because of the success of WRDSMTH, I am now getting read on a daily basis all over the world – and for a writer, that is pretty much living the dream.”
4. What are your hopes for the future?
“I aim to continue writing and hope to reach as wide an audience as possible. The fact that my words (and WRDs) are resonating with people all over the world is thrilling and provides creative fuel on a daily basis.”
5. Do you want to add anything?
“If my WRDs resonate with you, let me know. I’d love to hear from you.”Email: WRDSMTHinLA@gmail.com
Artist Supplied Background:
WRDSMTH is a published author, screenwriter, former advertising copywriter, and an emerging street artist. Born and raised in the Midwest, he relocated to LA and started doing time in Hollywood, chasing the dream like countless others. Past and present worlds merged when he came up with the concept for WRDSMTH — a unique combination of stenciling and wheat-pasting — and began temporarily tattooing walls in LA with indelible thoughts and phrases. Active in the street art community since November 2013, he’s made his mark in Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Edinburgh, and Melbourne. He’s been featured in Playboy, LA Weekly, LAist, LA Magazine, and The Philadelphia Enquirer. He was named one of The Art of Elsyum’s 2014 Emerging Artists and his work has been sold at Julien’s Auctions, Q Art Gallery, The Gabba Gallery, Stone Malone Gallery, and LabArt.
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