Temper, aka Arron Bird, is widely recognized as one of the most successful and talented graffiti artists of his generation.
The son of a council worker, Temper had his first interaction with graffiti in 1981 at the age of 11, having been introduced to fellow graffiti artist, Goldie in Wolverhampton. Less than six months down the line Temper was creating his own street murals (his debut composition aptly titled (‘Street Level’), heavily influenced by hip hop culture, his aerosol skills were evident from the get-go.
Seeing subway and derelict factory walls as blank canvases, and nearly always as an illegal practice. Naturally this was a challenge and one that was always going to be a difficult call as back then graffiti artists weren’t recognized as anything other than vandals in the local community.
In 1991 Temper had the opportunity to work with now legendary music artist Goldie on a commission piece for sports-brand Nike, opening his eyes to the corporate market for the first.
By the turn of the millennium, twenty years of struggle, dedication, hard work, some successes contrasted with some desperate times and family turbulence all culminated in what many terms the artists’ big break.
That big break came in 2001 when he was chosen to produce the design to go on 100 million Sprite cans, the drinks company owned by Coca Cola. Suddenly his tag was seen across Europe in the biggest graffiti advertising campaign to date. According to sources it was without question the most successful designer can Coca-Cola has promoted in the UK. This four-month campaign saw all cans carrying Temper’s tag and were released in conjunction with the Sprite Urban Games; a pan-European street lifestyle and sports concept that was being run out at the time.
Among some of his groundbreaking exhibitions are “Minuteman” 2001 which was the first by a solo graffiti artist to be held in a public art gallery, held at Birmingham Museum that broke their attendance records in the process, with the exhibition seeing 38,000 visitors within four weeks.
His most success collections to date are, ’The Good Die Young’, ‘Post Graphaelite’, and ‘A New Day’ collection
Temper has also been awarded the High Sheriff Award in which the Queen instructs The High Sheriff to award chosen individuals with the certificate on her behalf, he was given this for his contribution to Art and Community by The High Sheriff of the West Midlands.
The Lovely People at The Cube in Birmingham are a creation by the artist and one of the most popular public art sculptures within the city.
Temper has a career exceeding all expectations and his polymathic talent meant there was no blueprint to follow. So, he carved out a niche all of his own and now occupies a rare position in the global art world.
Constantly evolving, Temper is the master of introspective and self-awareness, he expresses himself through his art – working through his demons as he paints, learning through his artistic process, growing with every piece each collection is true to the man himself, a representation of his life-stage, his thoughts and aspirations, each collection a new narrative or perspective but still, undeniably Temper.