Because it’s valentine's what better opportunity is there to discuss the riveting and nonconformist love lives of some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, who's desperately passionate, expressionist work pushed the boundaries of art and depicted the human figure as never before.
We interviewed the artist who spends his days transforming music into paint on canvas.
Reed Hearne is an American artist who uses photography to create what he describes as Digital Paintings. These works capture the beauty and visual intrigue of subjects that most people would dismiss as merely mundane, like the criss-cross of shadows on a staircase or the interplay of geometry and light on a stainless steel bridge.
Andy Gotts is one of only a handful of British photographers to have been recognised by HM the Queen. In 2012, Andy was awarded an MBE for services to Photography and Charity. The Norfolk-born artist has captured some of the biggest screen stars of our generation. But it’s not just the celebrity subjects themselves that make Andy’s portraits stand out - it’s the stories behind the shoots that give his works their character.
With their vibrant colours, smiling sunbathers and gleeful swimmers, Ruth Mulvie’s paintings are pure joy. Ruth creates her utopian wonderlands from her loft studio in Brighton. Found imagery and old photographs form the basis of her work - with buckets of colour thrown in.
Lauren Baker takes neon to new levels, with fields of energy, vibrations and materials like crystal and bone. Find out more about Lauren's fascinating practice.
David Wightman uses acrylic paint and wallpaper to create imaginary landscapes that are flooded with colour. Find out more about David's process in this Q&A.
We get the lowdown on sought after street artist Marc Craig on his murals for the Rise Art Prize and the Andaz Hotel, as well as the new aesthetic direction he's taking in his prints.
We go behind the scenes with Rise Art Prize finalist Hiroshi Sato to understand the motivations and influences behind his realist paintings.
Lori Zimmer asks Rise Art Prize finalist, Elizabeth Waggett, about her practice and the thinking behind her striking monochrome drawings.