Elmo Hood

Born 1989 in Southampton and a resident of London, England since 2010; Elmo Hood is one of the most promising and exciting painters to arrive on the art scene in recent years. Self taught he turned to painting as coping mechanism after a family bereavement in 2011 and hasn't looked back.


Working in portraiture, painting free hand and with stencils using an unusual combination of spray paint and acrylics Elmo has been able to create a unique and colourful style. Using layers upon layers of graffiti tags, symbols and paint splashes he creates visually rich portraits and figurative pieces. Elmo also works in oil paint using pallet knives to create textured work which is fascinating to touch as well as view.


His work fuses pop and graffiti art in a way that is consistently turning heads in the art world. His meteoric success in part is due to a collage Elmo created out of two playing cards in 2013 which went viral overnight gaining millions of shares and views as well as a vast celebrity following. 


Elmo’s work is exhibited in the UK and internationally, he aims to challenge preconceptions about urban art and pop art painting within the confines of a gallery but also the public domain. His playing card pieces tell a story of love, heartbreak and betrayal which have humanised playing cards in a way that has never been seen before. Over recent years Elmo has exhibited artwork in the galleries of London, Paris, New York, Ibiza and Munich as well as having his work auctioned off at the Houses of parliament. 


Publications to date include Glamour Magazine, Wall Street International, Sloane Square Magazine, Neon Magazine, The Daily Echo, Epsom Guardian and Made in Shoreditch Magazine


Elmo supports the following charities- Teenage Cancer Trust, Blood Wise, Unicef, British Red Cross, Cystic Fibrosis trust, Cancer Research Uk and Temwa.

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