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 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.

Interview with Stefano Phen

"My path does not go in a straight line, but rather in a kind of zig-zag, jumping from technique to technique." Discover Stefano Phen's unique approach to interdisciplinary art in our interview with him.

Interview with Yannis Guibinga

"I want to get across a message of pride, strength and self-determination for African people across the globe. I want to show us as the proud, complex and nuanced individuals we are through my portraits and show that the African experience is as diverse as any other."

Interview with Re McBride

We caught up with expressionistic artist Re McBride and talked about her creative approach, inspirations, and how working under lockdown allowed her to discover new places, processes and patterns for her practice.

Interview with Masaaki Hasegawa

"Art is a way of thinking, communicating, and living for me. It's a journey to find possibilities and show alternatives."

Q&A with Tabitha Soren

"It’s my responsibility to keep making work even if it doesn’t gel with current trends. The work is the reward. That’s the most important thing I’ve learned."

Q&A with Jo Holland

The abstract photographer talks us through her creative process, how she finds inspiration, and her artistic journey, from a makeshift darkroom, to her latest ‘Appreciation Mandala' photography series.

Q&A with Jim Grundy

Read our Q&A with geometric abstract artist Jim Grundy and discover just how he goes about creating each work of art.