Want to have a stake in the art gallery of tomorrow? Rise Art is excited to launch its second crowdfunding campaign - and you can get in on the action.
In the last two years Rise Art has grown from a small UK focussed business to a global technology platform, shipping art to over 60 countries around the world. In 2017 we launched some of our biggest initiatives to date. We brought Great Art to Everybody when human canvases painted as famous artworks descended on the streets of London in a bid to highlight Britain’s disconnect with art.
We also launched the inaugural Rise Art Prize, a global competition to unearth the most exciting contemporary artists from around the world, judged by some of the biggest names in art like Gavin Turk, Harland Miller, Fiona Banner and David Bailey. And we brought our roster of extraordinary artists up to over 1,000.
Now we have our sights set on even bigger things, with international expansion into Asia on the horizon. With China being the second biggest art market in the world, the region presents a major opportunity to grow our business and reach new artists and audiences. We also want to bring better storytelling around our incredible artists to you, and improve our technology to make it even easier to discover and buy great art.
We’re giving everyone the chance to be part of our mission, to bring great art to everybody and to share in our success. Investment is open from as little as £10 and there are some pretty cool rewards on offer, including VIP invites to events and discounts on orders. Invest over £25,000 and you’ll be invited to join the Rise Art Supper Club, a pop up evening featuring great food alongside collectors and artists in an intimate setting.
Learn more about the fundraise and all our rewards by visiting www.riseart.com/invest.
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Marleen Pauwels’s paintings are hauntingly beautiful. Her semi-transparent figures embody the fragility of human life, their ghostly bodies set in isolation and silence against stark backdrops and empty spaces.
The Belgian artist plays with scale to explore the human condition. By stretching and squashing her figures, Marleen pushes the essence of the human body to absurd limits. “I know my work is finished,” says the artist, “when it moves me in every way”.
When did you know you wanted to become an artist?
I think I’ve always been an artist. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. My parents were art collectors, so I’ve been surrounded by art since childhood.Losing myself in any kind of creative expression has been a driving force throughout my life.
What is the significance behind your figures?
My figures express my perceptions of the world. They reflect the solitude and loneliness of human beings. Stripping them back from any realm of beauty, I want to show their power to go back to the essence of what we are. I deliberately place them in empty, abandoned spaces away from any unnecessary adornments.
Your canvases themselves are interesting too. Can you tell us what materials you use to build them up?
Over the years my style has evolved across various mediums, including etching, drawing, collage and oil paint. My canvases are wooden panels layered with materials like newsprint, sand, acrylics and oil paints. I always leave carefully chosen text layers visible.
Can you take us through your methods and process?
Much of my work starts with a sentence that I’ve read in a book or newspaper, an image that’s caught my eye, or an event that has struck me. I begin sketching around an idea before I start painting. I find I need to do plenty of studies and sketches to arrive at one that hits the point.
Walls often form the background of my images - but always with a door or window open, inviting the viewer to look beyond the first impression of the background. In my current work, my figures appear very small and chubby or extremely elongated. By playing with scale, I want to provoke a sense of confusion for the viewer.
What do you love about your studio space?
My current studio in the South of Spain is surrounded by wilderness, which lets me work in absolute silence with an abundance of light and space. It’s also easy to convert my studio into a gallery space, which comes in handy when clients want to come and see my work.
What's your favourite inspirational quote?
“The artist is nothing without the gift but the gift is nothing without the work.” -- Emile Zola
Rise Art Prize 2018 finalist Maria Magenta lives for painting the human body. When Rachael Thomas, the Senior Curator and Head of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, saw Maria's work up at our Rise Art Prize finalist exhibition, she was moved. "Maria Magenta’s poetic and evocative works not only exquisitely portray a human presence, but they also convey a sense of questioning of the human condition," Rachael has said. "Through delicate use of pattern and composition, these works capture a mood out of time."
Maria was born in Germany and moved to Russia with her family as a child. She showed artistic flair from a young age, and by the time she hit high school Maria had her sights firmly set on the prestigious State Academic Art Institute in Moscow. Although she was discouraged from pursuing a career in art, nothing could deter the young Russian artist from following her dream. Now she’s a member of the Moscow Union of Artists and holds a gold medal from the Russian Academy of Arts.
Painting from life has become Maria’s raison d'être and her poetic, large-scale figuratives have made their mark in solo shows in Cannes, Moscow, Prague and Monaco. Here in London, her piece Rest (below) wowed spectators at our inaugural Rise Art Prize Finalist Exhibition earlier this year.
What did it mean to you to be a Rise Art Prize 2018 finalist?
I was really proud (and surprised!) to get the announcement that I was a Rise Art Prize finalist. It was unexpected, but I was thrilled.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I won some watercolours as a child when I entered a painting competition, and when the judge complimented my work it gave me faith in myself. I decided then and there that I wanted to be an artist. Sometimes a word of praise from someone special can inspire you for the rest of your life.
During high school I prepared for the difficult entrance exams for the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. I studied anatomy and drew skeletons, nudes and casts of greek sculptures. My parents and school teachers didn’t approve of my choice, but I decided I wasn’t going to live by other people’s expectations.
My dream came true when I got into art school. For 6 years I spent my days painting nudes and studying philosophy, aesthetics and art history. It was the happiest time of my life.
What appeals to you about the human figure and about painting from life?
There is something deep and mysterious about the process of painting a live model. There’s this powerful invisible contact between model and artist, a silent bond. As the artist, you enter a kind of state that’s beyond words. It’s this state of pure absorption in the human body that I crave.
Tell us about your studio - what do you love about it?
My studio doesn’t look like your average artist’s studio. I don’t like creative mess (although I have nothing against it!). My studio is clean and everything is in its proper place, almost like a woman’s dressing table.
I like beautiful things… Beautiful watercolour boxes, scented candles and even the odd bottle of perfume. I can’t say my home is in the same state, but my studio is a special place and when I create my art I need to work in an ordered space.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
I love Picasso’s sayings. One of my favourites is, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.
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