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.

Spotlight On: Robin Friend

Robin Friend has spent the last five years exploring with his camera the abandoned metal mines in the north of Wales.

Layers and Light

Layers and Light introduces three new artists to Rise Art. The painted works of Kym Haverson, Luke Elwes, and Fernando Velazquez each convey abstracted landscapes, which share a textural surface quality while evoking disparate perspectives of the natural environment. RSVP here for the March 4th event.

Philip Maltman: The Fluid Painter

Find out more about Philip Maltman and his works in this 10 question interview

The Memorable Rhythm Performances by Marina Ambrović

It's Marina Ambrovic's birthday week and what better way to celebrate it other than celebrating her!

Godfather of Pop Art, Peter Blake's exhibition 'Side-Show'

Found on Rise Art, Sir Peter Blake curates an exhibition at the known Paul Stolper Gallery. ‘Side-Show’ presents itself as a series of wood-engravings showcasing Peter Blake's deep love and memory for the circus, side-shows, as well as the companions of these well-known entertainments.

Introducing Guns & Rain: Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor is founder and director of Guns & Rain, a new online platform for contemporary fine art from Africa. She is an anthropologist, communications guru and art entrepreneur, interested in addressing the under-representation of African fine art in the global economy. Before moving into art, she was Google’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Sub-Saharan Africa. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, she holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge in Social Anthropology and Development Stu

A Man of the Mountains: Alexander Heaton

Alexander Heaton is an english painter, printmaker and mountaineer based in urban London. With a love for nature and all things wild, Heaton uses mediums such as Oil, Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Silver leaf, and Screen Print to share the cosmos with disjointed public. Known to exhibit both locally and internationally, Alexander Heaton is an artist to watch out for.

Finding Out The Truth Behind Paul Bennett

A London based painter who creates abstract-like depictions of nature and people. Relying on his memory, his works celebrate the surreal, placing greater importance on expression rather than documentation and capturing the subtle sense of recollection.

Top 5 Living Female Artists

In terms of being 'top', it is difficult to judge what that means as being 'good' is subjective. Here, 'top' is considered as artists that fetch the most at auction. Varying from abstract to figurative painters, photographers and sculptors, some of these women also feature on Most Expensive Artist lists.

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Nick Malone

Nick Malone is known for loving to cross art forms just to express his ideas in a clearer fashion. Despite having very abstract work, he believes that in their own way, due to the images raw form, they become their own version of realism.