D*Face is one of the most prolific contemporary urban artists of his generation. Working with a variety of mediums and techniques, he uses a family of dysfunctional characters to satirise and hold to ransom all that falls into their grasp – a welcome jolt of subversion in today’s media-saturated environment.
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.
ABOUT SO YOUN LEE
Korean artist So Youn Lee’s effeminate yet ambiguous young subjects are figments of her imagination that evoke feelings of nostalgia. Her otherworldly characters are the result of a traditional upbringing and natural curiosity that led her to pursue a career in the United States. Lee received her education from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2012, but her creative growth began as a child. She draws from her own life, carving it out of the canvas until an image eventually reveals itself. She works in a wide range of media, from delicate pen and ink drawings to candy colored paintings alive with psychedelic motifs. Lee describes her drawings as “Mochi”, and acrylic and oil works as “Mango”, referring to the color inspiration of her ethereal palette. She combines familiar, playful objects like childhood toys and tropical fruits together to create a personal religious allegory. Raised Buddhist with Christian practice, Lee values self-exploration and combined experience to pave your path in this world, into the next. She calls this world Cute-Surrealism, influenced by the various animation and comic artists including Hayao Miyazaki and Osamu Tezuka, and contemporary artists like Yoshitomo Nara and Cy Twombly. Coincidentally, the graphics of the Minhwa folk art she once admired perfectly match their modern works. Lee currently lives and works out of her studio in Los Angeles, where she feels closer to her cultural roots than ever before. By exhibiting internationally across the United States, Europe and Asia, she has gained prominence as one of art’s exciting new voices.
ABOUT JOSE DE DIEGO MIDDLE SCHOOL
Jose de Diego Middle School serves to develop and nurture the whole student; intellectually, socially, and emotionally in a safe and positive learning environment. Faculty and staff provides challenging instruction to ensure all students are provided with excellent educational opportunities that actively engages students in their own learning.