Artist Interviews

Read artist interviews featuring some of the most exciting established and emerging figures in the art world. Our conversations with contemporary artists get to the heart of what makes them tick, exploring the development of their style, their inspirations and the stories behind their recent work. Discover our artist interviews to get to know the people whose works that you can browse and buy in our online store.

Our top artist interviews

One of our most popular recent interviews was a talk with Nelson Makamo, a South African painter and winner of 2018’s Rise Art Prize known for his expressive portraits. Our conversation with Kelvin Okafor, who creates intricate photorealistic pencil portraits, dove into his unique fusion of the technical and the conceptual. You may also enjoy our interview with Fred Ingrams, in which he discusses both his technical process and what drew him to start painting the Fens.

Interviews you won’t want to miss

Among our contemporary artist interviews, you will find our Q&A with Philip Vaughan, author of the landmark 48ft-tall Light Tower which graced the London skyline from 1972 to 2008. You can read about the machinations and motivations driving rising star Anna Sofie Jesperson. Our interview with Mark Chadwick may also be of interest, where the colour master shines a light on the inspiration behind his vibrant abstract paintings.

Interview with Urban Artist Pure Evil

To coincide with the release of Pure Evil's hand-finished prints with Rise Art, we caught up with the artist to learn more about new work, inspirations and exciting projects to come.

In Conversation with Amy Dury and Philip Maltman

In advance of our new exhibition, which is a two-person show featuring paintings by Philip Maltman and Amy Dury, Rise Art’s curator Phin Jennings spoke to both artists about their practices, some of their reflections on painting and what we can expect from the work in the show and the ideas behind it.

Interview with Conceptual Artist LUAP

"My original paintings are a fusion between abstract expressionism and photorealism, infused with the explosive energy and bold colour of Pop and Urban Art. All these elements come together in a melting pot of techniques to create a seamless image on the canvas."

Interview with Contemporary Painter Maddie Yuille

“I'm interested in depicting the ambiguous co-existence of bodies expressing complex emotions: of care, comfort, affection and empathy, alongside anguish, sorrow and resentment.”

Interview with Award-Winning Painter Iain Andrews

"All painting is, in one sense abstract, since it attempts to transpose a three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional picture surface, and the artist has to make various decisions about how to condense and describe complexity through the arrangement of coloured mixtures on a flat support."

Interview with Painter and Draftsman Robbie Bushe

"I am fascinated by the parallels that memory and visual recall have with the act of pictorial painting. I don’t regard myself as a specific kind of painter, but if I had to describe it, it would be an artist who conjures up pictures and stories from memory and personal experience."

Interview with Abstract Artist Jessica Matier

"My practice is tightly linked to my own personal life and inner experiences. You can see when an idea is injected, forced, or released through the process. I think my work reveals just that." We spoke to Jessica about her process, her style and life in the studio.

Interview with Conceptual Collagist Adam Robinson

"Nostalgia, memory and recent history are the main themes of my work. The concept of revival is important to me; the notion of bringing discarded objects from the past back into a present-day and contemporary context."

Interview with Raffael Bader

"My work deals with topics that are very personal, but are articulated in a visual language that doesn't need punctuation to be read." Read our latest interview with Raffael Bader, and discover the processes, inspirations and ideas behind his abstract and atmospheric art.

Interview with Abigail Robertson

"Each painting goes on a journey and each decision that I make is informed by the last action I did." Our curator catches up with contemporary abstract artist Abigail Robertson as she joins the platform.