SPRITE @i.am.sprite

Roundtable with Brighton’s most renowned street artists

Brighton is beaming with colour, we all know that. While most of that vibrancy comes from the people who roam our streets, colour and art is literally on the walls of our city too. You do not have to go far to spot a mural or a collage of graffiti. We spoke to six of Brighton’s most well-known and recognised street artists so that you can hear the stories behind those that have decorated our streets with so much joy and character.

Cassette Lord

Introducing the artists….

SPRITE – The artist keen to break expectations with their feminine art which depicts nature. 

www.iamsprite.com/welcome @i.am.sprite

MISHFIT – The dream-scape, bubblegum artist combining urban art with fine art

msha.ke/mishfit @mishfit_art

SINNA ONE – Paints his creations on a number of surfaces: walls, on canvas, on paper and on pretty much anything else that he can get his hands on.

https://sinnaone.com/ @sinnaone

SNUB23 – Art taking over the world via massive robots and huge murals to make you feel trapped in a gamers utopia

https://www.snub23.com/ @snub_23

MINTY – Chances are you’ve seen or heard of Minty and their pop art, pasteup method

https://www.mintystreetart.com/ work @mintystreetart

CASSETTE LORD – bringing an image of vintage music to the streets of Brighton via playful pop art

@cassettelord

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How does Brighton inspire you creatively as the foundation and home of your art?

Sprite

SPRITE

Brighton is the sole reason I got into art and street art. I grew up in a town just outside Brighton, as a teen I visited Brighton any time that I could to soak up its unique style and culture. It was the only place where I felt like I belonged. 

The art of Brighton inspired me so much I became a street art blogger and photographer. I was never an artist to begin with. It wasn’t until I met my partner the Brighton based Street artist SNUB23, I started painting. 

The acceptance and celebration of graffiti has changed a lot in Brighton since I was a teenager. It’s a lot tougher to paint now. There’s a lot more resistance from certain members of the public than there used to be. Because of this Brighton inspires me in a different way. It makes me want to change people’s negative opinions and bring back the appreciation for Street art.

MISHFIT

I’m obsessed with clouds and sunsets and they feature heavily in my artwork. Brighton has some epic skies and I love nothing more than sitting on the beach with a drink watching the sunset, it never gets boring and is a constant source of inspiration.

SINNA ONE

I’ve lived in Brighton for 17 years now and have always loved the sea and how friendly it is here. It’s a vibrant, creative and tolerant city.

I have always been inspired by graffiti and street art and began spray painting in the early noughts when living in South London. I got involved in live art shows and events in North and East London, including the first Secret Walls drawing battles ( formerly Secret Wars ). 

I moved here in 2006. The Brighton street art and graffiti scene back then was thriving and there were alot of artists and writers coming through the city to study. There were great places to paint, which have dwindled over the years. This meant that I could practice my craft regularly.

I put on the first Brighton Secret Wars event with Monorex at Riki Tik’s ( now Dead Wax Social ) and it went off. That inspired me to be part of a number of paint and hip hop events and pop up galleries and exhibits in Brighton over the years.

I worked alongside Req ( REQ1 TDK ) in 2013 to paint the side of the Prince Albert pub and he taught me his technique for painting portraits and it took my work to a different level.

I’ve met many great artists here that have helped me develop and inspired me to elevate. I’ve always been inspired by others and continue to make it my goal to pass that inspiration on. I’ve worked on youth arts projects within local communities for the last 12 years and I’m artist in residence at Brighton Youth Centre.

SNUB23

I moved to Brighton at a time when street art had more of an urban landscape to grow in. Broken walls, empty offices and no cctv. This freedom and the locations I could present my work inspired me to explore designs and develop ideas that fitted places I’d seen on my travels around the city. I like to think I’ve grown with the growth of Brighton, my work is everywhere and as it disappears I create more.

Living by the sea is a great inspiration, it’s like a cut off to all the buildings and noise, looking out to the horizon.

I find the people of Brighton are my true inspiration, I’m lucky enough to have friends who share my passions and we have our own little network. We travel whenever possible and always bring them along if we can. 

MINTY

Living next to the water provides all the energy inspiration you need.

CASSETTE LORD

I find the vibrant creative nature of Brighton never fails to inspire me, just walking around and seeing the constantly changing street art, talking to other artists and musicians keeps my mind ticking over and searching for new ideas and opportunities. I think in Brighton there’s very much a sense that people are open to creativity and fun.

Do you have intentions behind your artworks? Are you trying to instigate a specific feeling or emotion?

Sinna One – Cranks

SPRITE – 

My motto is “creating art to make people smile” I love the idea of producing art that can change people’s day. When I was working an office job in Brighton I planned my route to work around the latest graffiti pieces in the area, seeing the art brought me so much joy. I love that I’m now part of that community that brings joy to others through the work that I do. 

MISHFIT –  

My artwork works on multiple levels, I always strive to create something beautiful and elegant but I like it to have an edge too, something otherworldly and dystopian, and to transport you somewhere else. It is also a form of social commentary. My last 2 collections “The Lost Embrace” & “Bubblegum Apocalypse” were both inspired by how humankind coped (or not) with the pandemic. It is a way for me to process what is going on in the world, and makes my artwork very relatable, as it draws on our collective experiences.

SINNA ONE – 

It all depends on what I’m painting. I like to have fun and play. I used to thrive on creating something on the fly, off the top of my head. I also like the challenge of painting things that I’ve never painted before. This means that I’m referencing and studying images more.

I like to paint things to make people smile. Stupid puns, cartoons or animals. Especially dogs.

I’ve always had an affinity with dragons as my chinese zodiac sign is a dragon and it’s a call back to my childhood and family with roots in North India and Tibet. 

I also paint a robot character, called SINBOT. It was created out of simple shapes to draw him quickly but people always tell me that he looks sad or emotive.

I think that’s the good thing with creating art. When the process is expressive then it comes through the piece.This is a good reason to make art, to open up your emotions and manifest them in whatever way, shape or form

SNUB23 – 

SNUB means to disagree and ignore, which does actually reflect my work. As much as I am SNUB, in real life I’m not.

It’s a mask I can wear in my work, the attitude of a big robot that stops for no one or a future tech street cyber character. When the future goes bad we’re all going to need some armour.

MINTY – 

Doesn’t really matter.   People will always have their own reactions

CASSETTE LORD – 

My main intention is to create visually striking artwork using themes and objects that are familiar but somehow different, I want people to see my art and smile and feel that Brighton is a special environment that can host surrealist ideas and a dynamic approach to art.

How would you describe your own art?

MishFit

SPRITE – 

My art is fun and playful. It’s very illustrative and focuses mainly on animals, nature and mental health. It’s a lot more feminine than you’d expect from stereotypical graffiti and street art. I love breaking the rules and bringing something different to the table. 

MISHFIT – 

Bold, luminous and dreamlike in a “David Lynch meets Da Vinci” kind of way!?  I’m a street artist and a fine art painter, so I classify myself as a contemporary urban artist. For my canvas-based work, I love clashing my street art sensibilities with traditional oil painting techniques to create a really dynamic style, that is dreamy and ethereal, but with an edgy undertone. Bright colours, especially neons, feature heavily in my work, but that is always paired with contrasting dark colours and bold geometry to create drama and contrast.

SINNA ONE – 

Cartoons, portraiture, depictions of wildlife.

Versions of sci fi, films, and pop culture that moulded and inspired me over the years.

I don’t class myself specifically as a graffiti or street artist.

It’s more that the street is another canvas and outlet for the art that I create.

SNUB23 – 

My work tends to be more sci-fi than anything, maybe leaning towards future visions, post apocalyptic fashion and massive robots. Music, comics and old movies fuel much of my ideas, the scale of a baseline can inspire the attitude of a robot, the lyrics the expression of a stance and face. The colours in an old movie, it goes on and on.

MINTY – 

I wouldn’t     Easier just to have a look

Minty does however use pasteup as a preferred method of artworks. 

“It’s a simple process.   Paste a piece of paper on a wall.  Something many artists could benefit from unlimited public exposure.   Easy for people to see work you’re making and establish a name for yourself.”

CASSETTE LORD – 

My work is inspired by Pop art, graffiti art and Japanese animation, I like high contrast colours and bold outlines and I use repetition to build up familiarity with my chosen themes in the same way advertising does. I grew playing with Lego and Transformers so I always try to show that one thing can transform into many things and have many meanings.

What advice would you give to other budding Brighton-based artists?

Snub 23

SPRITE – 

JUST DO IT! You’ve just got to take the bull by the horns and give it a go. You might not make much money but that’s not the point. It’s the journey and the experience. I think if you’re not enjoying the experience you’re not doing it right. 

MISHFIT – 

Build a community of other artists, creatives, gallerists, and curators around you. Being an artist is brutal and it takes time to establish yourself. But the community is very supportive, and we all encourage each other and share knowledge. But crucially, don’t just rely on Brighton…broaden your horizons and get your work up to London, do Artfairs (when you’re ready), and connect with galleries in other cities and countries. Be patient, it is a lifelong pursuit, you have to enjoy the journey. And most importantly never undervalue your work, don’t do things for free, just for “exposure”, it’s bulls**t and exploitative. If you don’t value your work no one else will.

SINNA ONE – 

Keep creating, learning and don’t give up. Seek out opportunities and if they don’t exist, create your own.

SNUB23 – 

Practice, explore different mediums and techniques.

Seek out other artists that inspire you, self promote.

MINTY – 

Work hard and stay Disciplined and  hit trains at night

What kind of paper should artists use for pasteup? 

You want to use a paper above like 80-90 gsm and below like 200 gsm.     Thinner the paper easier to put up and mould around bits.  Does have a downfall of being less durable.  

CASSETTE LORD – 

My advice would be try to scribble ideas down when they pop up in your head, be original- there’s a lot of stuff out there that looks the same and find other artists to collaborate with, this is great for creativity, support and motivation!

Where can we currently find your artwork? 

Minty

SPRITE – 

There’s not enough of my artwork around the city. Like I mentioned earlier, attitudes in Brighton have changed. My artwork is mainly seen and celebrated all over the world, Brighton is lagging behind. But I want that to change. This year I’m going to try and seek out more walls and opportunities in the city. If anyone has any walls in town they want me to paint, get in touch 😉 

The best place to find my street pieces is on Trafalgar lane, I regularly update a spot down that street with a new fun design. My artwork can be found on my website at www.iamsprite.com.

MISHFIT – 

You can find my canvas-based artwork in the wondrous Paxton&Glew gallery in the Hannington quarter. DoNotObstruct Gallery in Kemp town village. Conclave gallery on Queens road. And further afield at Westbank Gallery in London, Upfest Gallery in Bristol, Paintshop Gallery in  Poole, and Cotswold Contemporary in Burford. Street art wise, I still have a mural on the side of CoApt down Lewes road. I also have murals in London, Bristol, Perth and Melbourne. I am open for mural commissions so if you have a lovely big wall, get in touch! Print and original paintings are also available on my website www.mishfit.com . You can also follow me on instagram @mishfit_art

SINNA ONE – 

On walls and spaces across the city. 

I run regular art sessions and workshops in spray paint techniques.

The next ones are in the February Half Term. You can book and find information here – sinnaone.shop/workshops

SNUB23 – 

On my website WWW.SNUB23.COM and on the street.

Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, London, Holland, Germany, China and the USA. More to come.

MINTY – 

Crumbling off buildings all around Brighton or www.mintystreetart.com

CASSETTE LORD – 

My artwork is currently available at Conclave Gallery on Queens Road and at the Do not Obstruct Gallery in Kemptown, they are super art hubs that display lots of talented artists work run by great people.

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