\\\\\\\"British artist ATM‘s love of nature is evident in the staggering levels of flair and detail with which he paints endangered birds throughout London. The contrast between nature and the urban environment is something that he says is at the core of his work, and can act like a myth because “in myths the unwitting acts of human beings are severely punished by the gods. This speaks to the way we live. The wiser counsel is often ignored; we pretend the environmental side-effects are not really happening. We see progress on one level, but at a hidden level the opposite is going on”.
\\\"ATM doesn’t manipulate or idealise the image of a bird as reality is perfection, is complete. This goes beyond awareness of endangered species and loss of habitat, as humans are the endangered ones, at risk of perpetual blindness and loss of connection with our planet.
\\\"Through history, birds have been akin to freedom. From ancient Egypt to native Americans or Christianity, cultures and religions across the world have considered them the carriers of souls. \\\\\\\'painting a bird is about the possibility of rebirth, like the Phoenix\\\\\\\', ATM tells me. Important is the message, not the messenger, thus ATM does not bother disclosing his real name and appearance.
\\\\\\\"ATM\\\\\\\'s birds are painted directly onto the wall without the aid of projectors or templates, with brushes instead of spray, and using acrylic paint as it dries quickly. \\\\\\\'I was confronted by big walls and it was kind of fortunate that I was able to transform the space quickly with bold background colors. It is very hard to combine both strong form and strong colors.
\\\\\\\'Painting on a big scale is liberating, and birds are the ultimate symbol of liberation. With the brush I can paint the details in an expressionist way. When you look close-up at the dots and strokes, it can resemble an abstract composition, yet when seen from a distance the details come together and look like a bird\\\\\\\'.