Bored of giving socks? Tired of diaries? Already festooned with jewellery? Other than the pop of a champagne cork, how can you create lots of fizz on Christmas morning? At Rise Art we believe that for maximum excitement, and to show you’ve really thought about it, a wow work of art is what you need to give. So we’ve got you covered with our top works for gifts and who they should go to. Be it a sister, friend, brother or mother, an adventurous globetrotter or a romantic philosopher, choosing art is guaranteed to make an impression and be a lasting and meaningful gift. Browse our ultimate gift guide for every person in your life, from the nature lover to the minimalist and beyond and be the star present-giver this Christmas.
1 For the Woman in Your Life
Be it a classic still life of flowers for your Mother, something a little more Sassy for your sister, a gorgeous, fluid gold embellished abstract for your partner, or something a little more edgy for your best friend, these are our top picks for the women in your life.
2 For the Man in Your Life
Here come the boys! Notoriously difficult to buy for (though they might disagree) these are our top works for the men in your life. Pick a cool take on a classic map of central London, an iconic New York scene or an original drawing by the brilliant Mat Cahill and you’re sure to be onto a winner.
3 For the Couple
Buying for a couple - sounds terrifying right?! But you can do it! When trying to gift for two people what’s better than something for their home. Avoid the usual glassware or a boring bowl and be brave with an artwork you know they’ll both love. Go for something with a little story or a nostalgic touch to make it all the more meaningful, and stick to works that are easy to live with, so as not to divide the crowd. Kristjana S Williams’ circular London works fit the bill to no end, or go tongue in cheek with one of Julia Cseko’s ink drawings from her ‘Love is a Dog From Hell’ series.
4 For the Globetrotter
Satisfy the constant wanderlust of your globetrotting friend or loved one, with one of our top picks for the traveller. From the turquoise Mexican seas to the high energy of the city, and the great snow-capped mountain heights, these works will take you across the world.
5 For the Ever Inspirational
We all have that person in our lives that is constantly our brighter side, always on the go, doing better, creating endlessly and being more upbeat than we can ever imagine. For that person that provides you with your daily inspiration why not give back a little of their own, with an artwork to nourish and uplift them everyday.
6 For the Nature Lover
7 For the Minimalist
Minimalists are the epitome of style, sophistication and pared back impact. Choose works that are low on colour, but high on technique. This photographic piece by Reed Hearne captures light and form in unexpected ways, a landscape reduced to pure elemental geometry. Likewise these drawings by Genevieve Leavold prioritises process over content to create something with delicate structure and shape.
8 For the Urbanite
Nothing says cool more than the street art loved by urbanites worldwide. These works are for your friends and loved ones with the trendy loft apartment or funky office space who like to be one step ahead in the style stakes. You can’t get much fresher than these brand new works from the legendary KEF!, and Halo Grey Version is the last in our series of this work by the renowned artist Hush.
9 For the Fashionista
For the lover of all things fashion and design, give them a reason to lift their nose out of the magazines by gifting them with a cool fashion-inspired print to bring their favourite passion to their walls. Marju Tammik originally studied fashion at the Estonian Academy of Arts and worked as a designer and stylist before switching focus as a fashion illustrator. You don’t get more authentic than these works, or the shiny media-esque collages of Sarah Thomas.
10 For the Surrealist
For the person who likes to stretch their imagination and sees beyond the everyday. Whether they’re a habitual horoscope reader, a maverick magician, a sci-fi fanatic, or just have an eclectic, original take on the world, a surreal artwork would make the perfect gift. Take a cue from Dali and invite some mystery into their life and onto their walls with the beautiful, bizarre and fantastical works of Alexandra Gallagher or Delphine Lebourgeois.
11 For the Animal Lover
Buying art for an animal lover is a guaranteed win. From the silly to the sentimental, there’s plenty to choose from, whether it’s one of Tony Briggs’ cheeky photographs of your friend’s favourite breed of dog, a fun, colourful print or an amazing and elegant black and white charcoal drawing of an animal in the wild, you’ll be giving them something to warm their heart all year round.
12 For the Photo Fanatic
For that snap-happy friend or family member who’s always armed with a camera slung around their neck, you can keep them inspired all year round with a beautiful framed photograph. Whether it’s an elegant black and white scene, an edgy abstract or an expressive portrait, these are our top picks in our favourite styles.
13 For the Architecture Nerd
14 For the Digitally Obsessed
Colourful geometric prints and clever graphic design artworks are guaranteed to impress and gratify the computer geek in your life. Matt Crump’s digital works will draw them in for a closer look at its intricate fractal layers, while Leigh Bagley’s geometrics will satisfy a love of symmetry. Or go for something a bit more quirky with some Pokemon for the gaming lovers.
15 For the Romantic
For the wistful, romantic and nostalgic one amongst us, go for some classic allure with tales of summer love, and snippets of poetry. Floaty, airy works that share a sense of sentimentality and love will appeal to their starry-eyed side.
Still looking for that perfect gift? We've got you covered with an array of curated collections filled with artworks for to inspire every personality of your tribe, so get browsing!
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The Rise Art Advent Calendar is Here!
The Rise Art Advent Calendar has landed and you have every reason to get excited about it. Our curators have hand-picked a selection of 25 beautiful artworks to tempt you with this December. Every morning we’ll release a new piece, not only offering you an exclusive 15% off the purchase for 24 hours, but also giving you the chance to enter our competition and WIN an artwork of your choice*! Each week we’ll be giving away one work to a lucky winner, and all you have to do is keep your eyes peeled on the Rise Art Facebook and Instagram and follow our three simple steps:
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3. Share a comment and let us know what you love about the artwork!
Head to @RiseArt_ and start feeling festive!
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The Yatzer Gift Guide 2016
Globally renowned and award winning blog Yatzer - the destination for lovers of design, architecture, fashion and art - recently released their Christmas Gift Guide, with a stunning print by Rise Art’s very own Alexandra Gallagher making top of the list. Chasing Poppy is a limited edition signed print in bold colours that perfectly balances delicacy with decadence, making a glamorous statement in any home. Whether you’re looking to dazzle dinner party guests this holiday season, or make someone’s Christmas with a stylish and timeless gift, browse Alexandra’s affordable prints for some inspiration.
Hormazd Narielwalla @ Southbank
If there’s one reason to visit Southbank this December (and no we’re not talking about the Christmas market) it’s to see the extended exhibition of works from renowned artist Hormazd Narielwalla. His Lost Gardens solo show began in the summer, but after receiving lots of attention, with articles from Fad Magazine, The Guardian and AfterNYE, the show has been extended until 15th January 2017. Take a stroll along the Thames and get lost in the colour, texture and geometry of Hormazd’s original works. Too far to go? Browse his latest releases on Rise Art.
Art World Happenings
Need we say more? It’s Art Basel. It’s Miami Beach. What would we give to be there? Anything. Combining a series of selected works from 269 leading galleries spanning the globe, this show is one of the annual highlights of the art world, and our news feeds are definitely blowing up about it. Renowned street artist Hush is smack bang in the middle of things as per usual, live painting and pasting a series of murals as part of the Wynwood Walls project.
The artist has recently released a series of new artworks on Rise Art that we’ll admit to longingly lusting over. These limited edition prints never stick around for too long, so go and take a look!
Turner Prize Winners
On Monday 5th December art history will be made in London as the winner of this year’s Turner Prize is announced. Check in to the Rise Art blog on the day for our Tate Modern insider Jessye B’s scoop on the 10 Things to Know About the Turner Prize. Did you know that Tuesday is the ‘Pay What You Can’ day? (Spoiler alert!)
Paintings to Covet | Browse the Collection
In the spirit of Art Basel Miami and the impending result of the Turner Prize, we're going to tempt you with our latest curated collection of paintings to covet. From large statement works, to small intimate pieces, discover the perfect piece, whether it's a gift for a loved one, or the next addition to your home.
Italian-born artist Francesco Polazzi uses a combination of oil paint, pastels and acrylic to create figurative, formal paintings inspired by a deeper thinking and a reflection on the human spirit. Prior to his Masters in Fine Art, an early education in philosophy and science still informs his art to this day. Central to his work are the characters he encounters in life and in research, from historical icons to friends and family. We sat down with the painter in his eclectic studio to find out more about the shifting inspiration behind his works, and what he loves most about pursuing the path of an artist.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Ever since I was a kid I’ve been told that I’m an artist, so I would say that I’ve just always wanted to be one! I think I forgot about it in my teenage years (something to do with girls) but I’ve always had an artistic approach to life and (I think) this is what makes you an artist. In a more mature way, I know I decided to try to make it when I left Italy and my hometown, Bologna. I started painting then, after a bachelor in Philosophy and the Language of Science. My aunt gave me a box with some colours and a brush, and soon enough I found out how much I loved to paint. I then decided to start a Masters in fine arts at Birmingham City University. That place is like Hogwarts!
What was the first artwork you ever made? Can you remember?
My first artworks were little sculptures I made while watching cartoons when I was 3 years old. I guess a lot of my artistic vibe came from those years, mixed up with all the experiences that made me the person I am now; meeting people from other countries and cultures, doing crazy things, building a stage on the Oslo canal by myself, swimming naked in the sea, getting drunk, loving people, working in a kitchen… lots of other things I don’t remember but have stayed with me. The more I paint the more I love life.
Do you have a favourite or most meaningful piece?
I love all of my paintings because they all really represent me. I think in a way they are all somewhat self-portraits- I am truly sincere in my art and that’s what makes me a real artist I think. It’s a hard and wild journey but at the end of the day I feel so lucky I have this gift in me, in my mind, in my hands, in my eyes and around me! If I had to choose one painting would be ‘Dollar King’. I think it is one of my best paintings if not the best. It’s in a good friend’s house now!
Who are your favourite artists?
There are far too many painters I love! I love Jean-Michel Basquiat for his use of colours and his way of life- his art made me take painting very seriously. I also love Picasso, he’s the artist I am most paralleled with, which makes me a bit angry sometimes to be honest, but hey, it’s not too bad a comparison! I also have to pay tribute to the amazing Modigliani, my favourite Italian artist with Leonardo Da Vinci.
Tell me a bit about the process you use to create your work. What vision, ideas and/or inspirations are behind it?
Well, when I paint many things inspire me. Sometimes it’s just a memory, other times it’s research about history. I’ve previously used VHS covers and playing cards to make a series of paintings, as well as ancient Egyptian signs and figures. I also think a lot about clouds when I paint; because they’re a solid state you can pass through; because they fly high; because every person sees all of their world in the clouds; and because they constantly change shape. In fact, the name of my last artwork is Nuvola which in English is cloud. I think all people are clouds in a way.
I love the sense of freedom and relaxation it gives me. I love to finish a painting, look at it and think ‘wow, it’s so beautiful, how did this happen!?’ I love how I can still keep my inner child alive and communicate with it. I love the struggle within it and I love the social status of the painter.
I hate when people disrespect a painting or judge a painting without understanding it.
What has been the greatest impact on you as an artist to date?
Probably the talks with my tutor at B.C.U. She opened up my mind so much. I got to the school when I was in my graffiti art period and she told me to move past this. She gave me crazy books to read about magic, witches and werewolves. We had great talks about philosophy and the philosophy of painting. I have so much to thank that woman for!
What’s playing in your studio right now?
Mozart. Almost always, Mozart. I also love house and techno music. Especially Paul Kalkbrenner.
What’s the most important object in your studio?
My cat Tigro. It’s not an object but I love it.
Figurative Artworks to Fall For | Browse the Collection
Figurative art is one of the most enduring creative subjects and a genre that continues to evolve and expand. In this collection our curators have hand picked a selection of contemporary figurative artworks from established and emerging artists alike. The fluidity of the human form and the power of the human spirit are illustrated with bold brush work, bright colours and shifting formalism. Browse the collection and be inspired to get figurative.
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