Toby Mott circa 1978

mixed media on canvas
60 x 40 "
mixed media on canvas
60 x 40"

(born 12 January 1964) is a British artist and designer best known for his work with the Grey Organisation, an artists' collective that was active in the 1980s, and for his fashion brand Toby Pimlico.
More recently he has won acclaim for the Mott Collection, an archive of UK punk rock ephemera that includes over 1,000 posters, flyers and fanzines.
Life and career
Early life
Toby Mott was born in London 1964. He attended several schools, including Pimlico Comprehensive, and later studied art at Kingsway College, Clerkenwell. In the early 1980s he lived at the Carburton Street squats, a centre of artistic activity at the time - other residents included Boy George, Marilyn (singer), Cerith Wyn Evans, Fiona Russell-Powell and Mark Lebon. During this period Mott appeared in a number of films made by the British director Derek Jarman, notably The Angelic Conversation.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was based in New York and Los Angeles working as an art director for MTV and making music videos for various groups, among them Public Enemy, A Tribe called Quest and The Rolling Stones. He also produced album cover graphics for De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising and the Information Society (band).
The Mott Collection
Mott began his collection in the late 1970s. In addition to the iconic works of the era, notably those produced by Jamie Reid for The Sex Pistols and Linder Sterling for the Buzzcocks, it includes propaganda from political groups such as Rock Against Racism and the British National Front and memorabilia from the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II, an event that collided with punk's high watermark in 1977.
The collection was first exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leónin March, 2010. It has been shown at Haunch of Venison gallery (London) from September 24 to October 30, and it has been accompanied by a major publication, Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper.
In a A Punk's Journey, an essay by Mott which appears in Loud Flash, he writes: "In 1977 my bedroom was covered in posters, flyers and shelves of records and fanzines, and when I left home these significant symbols of my past were stored away. In 1997 I returned from living in America and started to add to my collection. I appreciated the visual immediacy which never seemed tired or dated. The ideals of self empowerment, motivation, action and common cause are evident throughout [the collection]. To me they are the spirit of punk".
Grey Organisation and solo art career

Mott was a co-founder of the East London art group the Grey Organisation (GO) who were active from 1983 to 1991. GO worked in several mediums including film and video and participated in over 20 international exhibitions. In January 1985 the group committed an act of art terrorism by smuggling one of their paintings into the International Contemporary Arts Fair in London. The following year they mounted an attack on Cork Street, then the centre of the London art world, splashing grey paint on the windows of a number of galleries. After this, members of the group were arrested and for a time banned from central London. This resulted in them relocating to New York City where they exhibited at The Civilian Warfare Gallery in the East Village. When TGO disbanded in 1991, Mott pursued a solo career exhibiting at White Columns NYC, The Thomas Soloman Garage, Los Angeles and Interim Art, London. He was for many years represented by the Maureen Paley gallery.

Toby Pimlico
The Toby Pimlico label was launched at London Fashion Week in 1998. Mott transferred the slogans from his school-detention line paintings - example: 'I must not chase the boys' - onto clothing. The popularity and commercial success of these designs was greatly enhanced by endorsements from the supermodel Kate Moss, the actress Sienna Miller, Geri Halliwell from The Spice Girls and It Girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. It also received praise from the Prince of Wales.
2005 arrest
In 2005, Mott was involved in an incident with a "gang" of youths near his home in Notting Hill Gate; according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail, Mott called the police after the assault and told them he was carrying CS gas for his own protection. He was then arrested for possession of a weapon and held for 11 hours at high-security Paddington Green police station.