12 Artworks on the Rise Art Team's Wishlist

Posted in Inside Scoop by Rise Art on 14th December 2017

If you were to find an artwork under the Christmas tree, which would you want it be? The girls and boys at Rise Art have chosen artworks by our Rise Art Prize finalists that they'd love to wake up to on Christmas morning. You can choose your favourite pieces on Rise Art too by using the wishlist function on the site. 


Our Head Curator Rebecca & Artist Champion Izzy are die-hard fans of British artist Fred Ingrams:

Rebecca: With their striking use of colour and texture, these technically assured paintings bring to mind the landscapes of Hockney and Hitchens. Love them.



Izzy: Fred creates beautiful abstract works that concentrate on colour and form. His bold paintings burst with energy whilst also retaining a wonderfully simple composition that captures the strange and awkward beauty of East Anglia – an area which I am very familiar. I could stare at his work every day. Yes please!


Old pumphouse on the River Lark by Fred Ingrams


Our CEO Scott has a thing for paintings by Scotsman Philip Maltman, another of our UK finalists:

Philip Maltman is a gifted painter, accomplished both in terms of technique and composition. His large canvas works are bold and vibrant, making a statement in any environment.


Oak Leaf Fall #3 by Philip Maltman


Our Data Analyst Dana has a soft spot for the Japanese born Americas finalist Hiroshi Sato:

I really like Hiroshi’s style, especially how it’s applied in this painting where he creates this beautiful quilt-like effect. All the colour shadows make me want to continue searching for clues in the scene, such as the nod to his inspiration hung up high.


Scene K by Hiroshi Sato


Our trusty Sellers interns Nina and Kate are fond of Aussie finalist Susan Schmidt:

Nina: I love the way that Susan provides the viewer with an image that simultaneously feels familiar and artificial - as if one is recalling the wisp of a distant memory. I also appreciate the environmental aspect of the work. The texture of the painting appears weathered, subtly addressing coastal erosion and the impact it has over time.


Summer Scent by Susan Schmidt


Kate: I love the way that Susan’s work communicates a sort of presence, as if the person has just walked out of the frame, leaving a towel on the deck. Her colours are so vivid and nostalgic, like snapshots from a childhood memory.


Katie, our Marketing Director, is moved by Iranian artist Heja Rahiminia's 'Looking for Utopia' series:

Heja’s work is incredibly poignant and current. I love how he addresses the subject matter with delicacy and serenity and a level of execution that creates real beauty.


Looking for Utopia: Refugees (3) by Heja Rahiminia


Lei Sylviye's works appeal to our CTO Marcos. Lei explores the role of virtual reality in contemporary society - and Marcos is a sucker for anything to do with VR. 


Dimensional Aequence2017-1 by Lei Sylviye


Our Heads of Sales Nat has developed an affection for the work of fellow Russian Maria Magenta:

I find Maria’s paintings mesmerising - they are usually quite busy with pattern and shapes and yet they create a feeling of absolute stillness. Maria has a unique voice and vision that’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.


Siesta by Maria Magenta


If our Creative Associate Teddy found an artwork by Michelle Loa Kum Cheung in her Christmas stocking, she'd be over the moon:

I love Michelle’s artwork. She creates surreal, fragmented landscapes using pyrography to etch onto pieces of wood. They’re organic, intricate and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I would love to hang this piece in my bedroom and let it transport me to some beautiful, untouched place.


Passage by Michelle Loa Kum Cheung


Liliane, our Operations Associate, would love to hang Jenny Boot's Queen B in her home:

Jenny’s works are beautiful and this work especially is my favourite. There is a dark edge to her photography that really pulls me in. I feel like this photo induces two strikingly contrasting emotions: power and vulnerability. The blow-up crown particularly captures these opposing sentiments.


Queen B by Jenny Boot


Our Head of Operations Pedro finds himself rather taken with the captivating photographs by the Japanese-born artist Asiko. His trusty intern Alys has her eyes on Stella Kapezanou's colourful paintings.


Ijo by Asiko


Our Editorial Associate Aimee could gaze for hours on Lebohang Kganye's family archive pieces:

Lebohang’s domestic scenes sit somewhere between photography, sculpture and performance. In each of her works the stage is set and the scene is unfolding. I find her investigation into our construction of family history through photo albums fascinating. In this particular piece, I love the interplay between fully rendered object and silhouette.


Ke ile ka tswela pele ka ho tereka a ntse a bua by Lebohang Kganye


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Who Are the Artists of Tomorrow?

Posted in Inside Scoop by Aimee Morris on 12th December 2017

5 global regions. 16,000 artists. 26 finalists. It’s time to reveal who’s in line for the Global Artist of the Year title and the £10,000 cash prize. Our regional judges - including Sarah Martin of Turner Contemporary, the Director of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Touria El Glaoui, and the Deputy Editor of Financial Times How to Spend It, Beatrice Hodgkin - have applied their eye to the shortlists.

After much deliberation they’ve chosen the finalists who will go through to the global round. These artists will showcase their work at our Rise Art Prize Exhibition at House of Vans in February, where their work will be reviewed by our global panel of judges featuring renowned artists Gavin Turk, Fiona Banner, David Bailey and Harland Miller.



On the Patchwork Quilt by Maria Magenta

Trapeze Girl No. 2 by Kareem Rizk


Hot Staff by Stella Kapezanou

America 120 by Alban's Art Factory


Our finalists from Europe produce artwork across mediums. We've got exciting photographic, painted and printed work coming out of this group. Alban's pseudo-metallic pieces are in fact painted on wood, and Kareem Rizk creates his images with materials like vintage postcards, brochures and catalogues. 


Unicorn by Jenny Boot


Stella Kapezanou's bold colours and quirky approach to her subject matter have impressed the judges, as has Jenny Boot's striking photography (above). Marine Tanguy, founder of MTArt artist agency, praises Jenny for "arresting us with her art".



Don't Fit In by Nelson Makamo

Leicestershire by Mitra Tabrizian



Looking for Utopia: Refugees (4) by Heja Rahiminia


The works by our finalists from the Middle East and Africa are rich with social commentary. Nelson Makamo explores the innocence of childhood in rural South Africa; Heja Rahiminia and Mitra Tabrizian depict migration and social disparity; and Lebohang Kganye (below) uses the concept of the family photo album to investigate how we interpret history and construct 'truth'.


Re palame tereneng e fosahetseng by Lebohang Kganye


For Touria El Glaoui, Director of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Lebohang's visual language "has undeniable presence". The artist, she goes on, "distorts the linearity of time by exploring how history, memory and nostalgia can be altered, reshaped and rewritten. In a sense she is time travelling through her work."



Dimensional Sequence 2017-1 by Lei Sylviye

Meditation 05 by Lee Yuan Ching


Our finalists from Asia, Australia and New Zealand work in very different styles. Lei Sylviye's virtual reality-inspired abstracts are ethereal and ultramodern, while Lee Yuan Ching's fluid pieces foreground organic shapes and liquid forms. Susan Schmidt (below) reminisces about the Australian beach house through retro-colour and weatherworn textures, and Michelle Loa Kum Cheung creates impressionistic landscapes on wood that reflect her Chinese-Mauritian heritage.


Hibiscus Break by Susan Schmidt


Vicky Xu, CEO of the independent consultancy Areteos Family Office in Hong Kong, is an advocate of Michelle's work. "The whimsical colours, with the use of a mix of interesting materials such as liquid graphite and gold leaf," says Vicky, "create a wonderful contrast to the stark pyrography, resulting in dreamlike imagery."


Island by Michelle Loa Kum Cheung



Folding Paper by Hiroshi Sato

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, God is Dead by Peter Horvath


The end of the beginning by Elizabeth Waggett

Lovers in a Park by Amir Fallah


It's all about figures when it comes our finalists from the Americas. Peter Horvath's collage figures have mid-20th Century tones, with a surrealist touch. Hiroshi Sato takes a more impressionistic approach to his figures, which tend to be placed in interior settings. Gustavo Amaral (below) partially abstracts his figures and plays with their position in the geometry of his compositions. Nicole Gordon, Founder of Art Is My Oxygen blog, says Gustavo's collages draw her in. "I find them to have great depth, wonderfully detailed subject matter and emotional fervor... I have seen artists create similar works, yet Gustavo takes it to another level."


Velvet by Gustavo Amaral


Amir Fallah's figures are more representative, illustrating a crossover between Western and Iranian visual cultures. Elizabeth Waggett prefers animal figures and portraits of objects like skulls. By applying gold leaf and precious metal to her figurative works, Elizabeth draws attention to themes of greed and value.



Ice bucket (ice bucket over young lad!) by Keith More

Opo by Asiko


The competition for the UK Artist of the Year title is tough. All of our UK finalists have WOW factor. Tom Waugh's hyperrealistic sculptures are mindblowing, as are Keith More's hyperrealistic portrait illustrations (above).


Emily and the Television by Vikram Kushwah

Dreams of Rooftop Pools at Sonar by Emily Moore



Our photographers, Vikram Kushwah, Asiko and Gina Soden, are at the top of their game (above). Vikram's stages funky, surreal scenes, while Gina photographs ruin and decay in abandoned buildings and desolate sites across Europe. Asiko captures Nigerian women in traditional garments. 


Cigarette Butt by Tom Waugh

 Listening to the Pinter by Philip Maltman


When it comes to painting, Fed Ingrams's colourful landscapes, Philip Maltman's dynamic abstracts and Emily Moore's varnished panels (above) couldn't be more different. But each has a charm that's won the regional judges over. Acclaimed UK artist Stephen Beddoe finds Emily's work "unapologetically bold". "These amalgamated images," he says of her paintings, "use modernist architecture motifs alongside alpine landscapes to provide arresting works reminiscent of Ed Ruscha and Robert Rauschenberg."


Badekultur by Gina Soden

Crooked Ditch, Conington Fen by Fred Ingrams


Who will come out on top? We'll have to wait until February to find out.



5 Questions with Icelandic Artist Kristjana Williams

Posted in In the Studio by Rise Art on 08th December 2017

Kristjana Williams is consistently in our Top 5 viewed artists on Rise Art. The Icelandic artist is known for her fantastical illustrations of flora, fauna and the cityscape. Kristjana creates exotic creatures by fusing butterflies, tropical birds and exotic plants. And look closely at her cityscapes and maps - you’ll see a touch of jungle fever in those works too.


The artist has produced commissions for the likes of designer Paul Smith and Liberty department store, and she’s created installations for for hotels and exhibition centres in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Now she’s produced a selection of works exclusively for Rise Art, from exquisite 3D works to collectible hand-embellished prints. Find them on her profile - you’ll want to get your hands on one of these quicksticks before they sell out. Read on to learn more about the remarkable Kristjana.


Connaught Clearing Tree


How long does it take you to create one of your original 3D works?
It depends, the ones I like doing the most are the private commissions where I personalise the piece for my clients. That whole process can take up to 9 months. It is a very private journey. A lot of my clients are not sure if they have enough history, others worry about having too much history - regardless the way the piece grows through the stages is a very deep, personal and collaborative process between me and the client which is incredibly rewarding.



Looks like you love the London cityscape. What's so special about it?
Growing up in Iceland, where there are very few tall buildings, the impact the London skyline had on me was massive. I am truly inspired by this great city, and working on London themed artwork is a passion of mine.


Why is it so important that each A/P is hand embellished and different?
A hand embellished A/P is a special thing. All Artist Proofs are pre-edition samples where you test out colours and shades. So you are working on top of a print edition that is sold out, and the elements that I have added give the piece a three dimensional effect.


Vestur Uglu London (Detail)


What do you love most about making art?

I find the process of creating an artwork very therapeutic but it’s also like an adventure. With every piece you make you learn something new and discover something different. I don’t think there are any real aspects of art making which I dislike, I suppose it can be time consuming but I think it’s necessary to dedicate the time in order to be pleased with the final result.



What role does nature play in your maps and cityscapes?
Nature has always been really important to me. The Icelandic nature is really harsh and unforgiving, it is very stark with lots of blacks, whites and greys. The colourful flora and fauna in other parts of the world is a great inspiration, and I enjoy playing with colours in my work, the colours in the nature elements pring a piece to life.



Browse Kristjana's new Works here >>

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