ATM is a London-based artist whose paintings have appeared around the capital on brick walls, railway arches, and decaying housing estates. His subjects include the Snipe, Great Bustard, Barn Owl, and Bittern; birds that are struggling in Britain. The 2-3 metre high paintings depict the birds in their natural colourful markings and are sure to catch your eye if you are lucky enough to come across one.
ATM’s first street-painting, of a Snipe, was part of a project by Acton Community Forum to bring art to South Acton Estate. For the artist it was also an effort to return the spirit of the bird to a part of suburban west London that was once marshland and where the bird would have thrived.
In 2014 ATM started painting in east London with a 3 metre image of a Great Bustard. These were driven to extinction in England in the early 19th century and are now being slowly reintroduced. His most recent painting is of a Bittern in Bethnal Green. Hopefully this art will help to inform people about the birds that were once common in London and inspire them to find out how to help conserve them.
Source: Guardian online March 2014