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.

Deconstructing the Canvas with Aisling Drennan

Aisling Drennan's energetic, provocative canvases are symbolic of her unwavering passion as an artist. We caught up with the artist between projects, getting a glimpse behind the scenes at her studio and quizzing her about what makes her tick. Browse her new pieces and keep your eyes peeled for more releases soon!

Escape to Scandinavia with Cecilia Danell

Swedish painter Cecilia Danell has found a home from home in Galway, in the West of Ireland, where most of the time you’ll find her hiding out in her studio listening to Swedish radio and making stunning works. We go into the studio with Cecilia to find out more about her life as an artist, her early love for Pippi Longstocking, and the things that get her through the day at work.

10 Questions with Harriet Hoult

Abstract artist Harriet Hoult is the latest in our series of Modern Marketers. Her paintings are in huge demand and she's usually the first to sell out at various art fairs across the city. We quizzed Harriet about her go-to sources of inspiration, who she loves to follow on Instagram and how she uses social media to propel her career.

Motion and Emotion with Gugi Goo

Gugi Goo is one of Rise Art’s most popular artists, and it’s not surprising given these beautiful abstract paintings filled with light, life, passion and movement. Find out more about her work and inspiration in this behind the scenes interview with the artist, and see a sneak-peak into a day in her life.

Into The Ether

There's a fierce femininity and freedom of spirit etched into the surface of Hannah Adamaszek's bohemian portraits. It's no wonder her urban portraits are so popular, and her social following so vast, when they are bang on trend. We pinned her down between projects to find out about where she finds her inspiration and how she promotes her work.

Reading Between the Lines

KEF! is a household name in the street art world, instantly recognised for his meticulous abstract line paintings. He adds life to the forgotten and the abandoned, not just creating street art for the sake of street art, instead painting murals that have a deep spirituality and energy hidden between the lines.

Spin Me Beautiful

Mark Chadwick makes colourful, psychedelic, spun paintings that breathe a life of their own, both online and off. He’s the first in our #ModernMarketers series of interviews with some of Rise Art’s most popular artists in real life and on digital, and the internet just can’t get enough of him.

Eleanor Cunningham Takes Us into The Dark, And Shows Us the Light

In an age where digital photography is the name of the game, and the development process has somewhat lost its charm, Eleanor Cunningham is a photographer with a difference. We sat down with Eleanor to find out more about how these works come into being, and what the dark room means to her.

The Decisive Moment, with Pedro Correa

Pedro Correa is a fine art photographer with a difference. With a recent solo show in London, and a portfolio just launched on Rise Art, we decided to sit down with him and find out more about his work, and this elusive thing he terms the decisive moment.

All About Alexandra

We caught up with surreal artist Alexandra Gallagher after her busy month working on the first annual all female street art project: Blackburn Open Walls. Alexandra takes us behind the scenes sharing her journey to becoming an artist, and how she spends her time making wonderful works of art.