Punctuating the urban landscape with a deft fusion of words and visuals, LA-based artist WRDSMTH has emerged as one of the most distinctive figures in the world of street art. His intricately detailed artworks radiate positivity and romanticism, and his unique approach to urban art transforms walls into storyboards, offering viewers an insight into shared emotions and experiences.
With a background in documentary TV, WRDSMTH has written screenplays, short stories, articles and an award-winning novel; at heart, he is a writer and communicator whose uplifting message has a universal resonance. His tempered optimism and an undertone of romance mirrors his intentions as a storyteller, a seeker of beauty in the everyday, and an inspiring artistic presence. He says: “I have a desire to get my words out to people and I do that by painting inspiring, motivating, and romantic words onto walls.”
WRDSMTH’s concise yet profound visual statements are a source of empowerment, and the street serves as his canvas. Using stencils and spray paint he creates a cross-cultural dialogue in cities including Paris, Berlin, Melbourne and New York. He draws on an eclectic range of influences, from Turner’s vibrant impressionism to the witty social commentary of Banksy, Invader and Shepard Fairey who ignited his passion for street art. His work also reflects his early love of comic books and his passion for music, and he finds inspiration in day-to-day conversations, the sights and sounds of the world around him and most of all, his own personal history.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, WRDSMTH now has his studio above the canyons outside Los Angeles. His statement artworks are exhibited in galleries as well as on buildings around the world and he has worked with many global brands including Google, Lululemon, TOMS, Apple, SoHo House and Andaz Hotels. Since he was named as Art of Elysium’s Emerging Artist of 2014, his list of celebrity collectors has expanded to include Lily Collins, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Rachel Bilson, Josh Schwartz, Gal Godot, Michelle Monaghan, Rain Phoenix and Joaquin Phoenix. He is also an award-winning published author and says:” I love writing in any medium and street art is just another medium, albeit a pretty damn cool one.”