Art Style Files

Explore a variety of Art Style Files that demystify artists, mediums, movements and more. Our Art Style Files comment on and elucidate ancient artistic tradition and emerging trends in the visual arts. Discover the story behind unique styles and the inspiration behind artists whose works are on offer in our online store.

Top Art Style Files

Dig into pieces on popular styles of art with quirky interviews featuring guest curators and insiders. For example, take a glance at The Art of Living - And Coffee and experience what happens when coffee and creativity collide. You can also read about what happens when vintage style and contemporary art come together. We met with the founder of Vinterior, a curated online marketplace for quality pre-owned vintage furniture, to investigate how to master the art of fusing the old with the new.

Must-Read Art Style Files

Among our must-read Art Style Files, get to know one of Copenhagen’s most prestigious collectors in our piece on the man himself, Peter Ibsen, his sophisticated Scandinavian taste and impressive personal art collection. Looking to curate a collection of your own? You may be interested in our interior design blog posts exploring the hottest seasonal trends.

Rise Art x West Elm WE Rise with Style

Success! We're blown away by the reception we received last night at the launch of WE Rise with Style. It just goes to show how important styling art into the home is! Check out some snaps from the event - and if you like what you see, head down to West Elm on Tottenham Court Road to see it for yourself!

We Rise With Style Q&A with lead home stylist Karen Knapp

We ask Karen Knapp, lead home stylist at West Elm, who is working with us on our exciting event with West Elm, #WeRiseWithStyle, where five artists will be styled by the home styling team to create a story in store - showcasing the art work in a home environment.

Bruce McLean

As Firstsite presents a major retrospective of the Scottish artist Bruce McLean's work, spanning from his early pieces in the 1960's right up to the present day, we thought we'd take a look at some of his work, including some that he has available with us.

Top 10 Art College Degree Shows To Visit This Summer

Degree season is hitting off! With the finest art institutions in Britain opening their doors to showcase students working across a myriad of media, now is the perfect time to champion new artists. Rise Art can't wait to see what the talented class of 2014 has to offer and have compiled a list of the top ten shows to visit. Head on down to them and see if you can discover the next Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin!

Rise Art at Grand Designs Live via Instagram

This weekend we stopped by Grand Designs Live at the excel centre. Interior designer, Karen Price used artwork from Rise Art to create these incredible rooms that are, quite literally, good enough to eat! The artists featured are Patricia Poullain, Kristin Gaudio-Endlsey & Tina Mammoser. If you're stopping by this week, go and check them out, they are on stand L320, in the Grand Interior Room Sets.

Styling with art: Warm Metallics

This week we're playing with warm metallics. The piece we've chosen as a starting point is 'connection' by Andrew Crane. 'Connection' isn't actually made from metal but it's gold in hue and its cement semblance associates itself with the focus on materiality common of other metallic interiors pieces. Interiors-wise we looked for bronzes, irons and golds to compliment its industrial composition. Next weeks theme is bright colours

Styling with Art: Accents of Blue

We're often asked: How do I place art in my home? It's hard, because choosing art can become a turmoil of frames, hangers, and "will that go with my sofa?s" So how can you see the bigger picture? We thought we'd pull together a blue-ish miscellany of furniture & accessories, using a piece of art as a starting point. This week we picked 'Water' by Anne Marie Lepretre, a large, moody, acrylic on canvas work, that isn't what you'd call 'blue blue' but certainly carries a hints of the stuff. Make su

Feeling Blue? Igor from Happy Interior Blog's Rise Art Picks

'Blue is my favourite colour. It's a colour that reminds me of freedom and freshness. It's like breathing in crisp air, a salty breeze on the coast, it's like the sea in the south, the eternal ice in the north. It's pure and calming. I love it in all its aspects and hues.' - Igor is founder of interior design blog Happy Interior Blog. We recently reached out to him and he agreed to curate us a collection around the theme of his favourite colour, BLUE!

Inside the House of The Painted Hive

The Painted Hive is an online documentation of Kristine Franklin's journey in creating a beautiful home on a budget. Kristine's philosophy is simple: make the most of what you’ve got – which usually involves finding innovative ways to turn trash into treasure. With The Painted Hive's interiors ideas having been featured in a number of offline magazines, from Ideal Home to Fox News, we're very excited to share Kristine's fantastically furnished home.

Art in the Hospital: 3 questions with the expert

We ask Anna Matthams, Visual Arts Officer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, three questions about the importance of a creative presence in hospitals