An interview with our favourite graphic artist Alex Green aka MSTR Gringo

Alex creates colourful, bold graphic illustrations, with handmade touches and sometimes found objects. We love his work so much, we have commissioned him to brighten up the hoarding outside our developments. You might recognise him from the amazing hoarding outside Kensal Rise library, or most recently, the William Morris inspired piece outside The Red House on Elers Road, Ealing.

Alex Green for FWD magazine

We are so inspired we wanted to know more. So last week Naomi caught up with Alex to find out more about what inspires him.

Hey Alex, I know you've been really busy working on some new commissions for Uplift, but what else have you been up to?

I'm currently working with Breddos Tacos on their restaurant fit outs which has been great. It's allowed me to explore different areas of design, which for me is super important. 

Menu designs for Breddos Taccos by Alex Green

Love those - you've got a great eye for colour. Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I come from up North near Bradford, so growing up David Hockney was definitely a big influence of mine. Exploring his work on a rainy Sunday at the mills, is one of the first memories I have when I really connected with art. Not only his use of colours but also of different mediums inspired me. Other early influences were Kadinsky and M.C Escher

Hollywood Pool by David Hockney

Hockney's paintings have some great textures in them, I can definitely see that influence in your work. Can you tell us a little about the creative process you go through?

This is something that always seems to be evolving, but I try to use my computer as little as possible. Good advice I was given was to use the computer as a tool rather then a solution. It should never be a starting point. I love using found imagery, little pieces scrap paper and rubbish, which people may disregard. These little things are triggers in my design process. And I always look to the environment of the project and use it to inform the design. It's a big part of why I love doing the hoarding projects so much.

Yeah the hoarding projects are pretty unique. What else do you enjoy about working on them?

Getting to know a new part of the country that I would most likely never see. Trying to get my teeth into that area through documenting local people, architecture, history etc...

The Hoarding outside Kensal Rise Library by Alex Green

So nice to catch up with you Alex, thanks for popping round. Where can people go to see more of your work?


Vibrant piers and palm-lined beaches: Worthing by artist Angela Lyons

We've fallen in love with these beautiful paintings of our favourite seaside town by local artist Angela Lyons. Turns out Angela is a pretty big fan of Worthing herself, so luckily she was happy to spare a few minutes last week to tell us more about the town and her incredible work.

Hi Angela, we love your paintings of Worthing, the colours are stunning. What inspired you to paint them and why Worthing in particular?

I work exclusively in oils on canvas, using bright, vibrant colours and a photorealist technique. Having grown up in Newcastle, I moved down to the south coast, living first in Brighton and then moving across to Worthing when my two children were little.

Living in Worthing, by the sea, means I don’t have to go too far for inspiration. The light here is beautiful, be it in summer or winter, and the seafront is generally quieter and less spoilt than Brighton. I’m a firm believer that it’s the simple things in life that make for the most pleasure, so I like to capture the beauty of every day life, from deckchairs on the beach, to a beautiful sunset to tempting, tasty treats. 

I'm really interested to know a little bit more about your practise and how you like to work? Do you paint on the spot or from memory?

I work from a studio in my house and I capture all the images for my paintings on camera, but I also have the memory of being there. For my food paintings, I set the scene in my studio, but still take photos, as cakes, eggs and toast can't sit around too long!

We love Worthing, the pier, the people and the sea. What drew you here and what do you love about the town?

Worthing Pier is just stunning in its simplicity and design, it features heavily in my recent work which you can see in the local Cloud Gallery and online here:

What drew me to Worthing is its proximity to Brighton and London (as well as the stunning South Downs), but it has a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. I love that I can walk out of my house and be on a quiet and palm-lined beach in five minutes.

Thank you Angela. 

To see more of Angela’s work check out her website where you can find links to purchase her paintings and grab a little slice of Worthing for yourself

And if all that talk of palm-lined beaches has got you inspired, get in touch with the Uplift team to find out about our most recent development: