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.

In conversation with Niki Hare

Niki Hare is a self taught artist working with many mediums but enjoying paint the best. She admits that painting is a language that she is more comfortable with, it has an honesty, it is what it is. Niki works with layers, building them up and scraping back, finding stuff she had forgotten about, the painting starts to get interesting, to develop its own past. We ask Niki about how she became an artist and the atmosphere in her 'crazy old kitchen' studio.

10 questions with illustrator Andrew Rae

Andrew Rae is an illustrator and member of the Illustration collective Peepshow. Andrew has worked for many worldwide clients including Time, Nike, Nintendo, The Guardian, The New York Times and Cancer Research to name but a few. He tells us that the Internet's good for showing people your work, but nothing beats printed work that you can hold in your hands. And in answer to our question about what kind of interior style would best suit his work? 'Well', he answers, 'the toilet'.

In the studio with Gina Parr

If you've ever wondered what goes on in an abstract painter's studio, apart from the pursuit of the perfect abstract, here's a couple of photos from Gina Parr's. Yes there's a lot of paint and yes it is on the floor. Gina Parr's abstract practice is inspired by memories of her Devonshire childhood and influenced by her years of professional practice as a designer in the media.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Gilbert & George

Italian Gilbert Prousch and British Southerner George Passmore compile to make the duo, Gilbert & George. They are known for both their highly formal appearance and their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks. As their latest exhibition, 'Scapegoating' opened in Bermondsey's The White Cube last week, we bring you five things you might not known about the anti-elitest, East London based artists.

Q&A with printmaker Lisa Takahashi

Lisa Takahashi's colourful prints often focus on everyday life and what she sees around her, but we wanted to learn a little more about the printmaker herself, so asked a few questions.

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.

10 questions with photographer Geoffrey Ansel Agrons

Working during the extremes of the day and using low exposure, Geoffrey Ansel Agrons is particularly intrigued by the boundaries between land and water and the contradictory, often confused, emotions these can evoke. With the uneasy coexistence between human populations and the natural world as a central focus of Argons's photography, we ask Geoffrey ten questions about his work to learn a little more.

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.

Q&A with Chris Ingram

We ask Chris Ingram a few questions. Currently in a permanent display at The Lightbox, his Modern British Art collection, The Ingram Collection is believed to be the biggest privately owned, publicly accessible collection of Modern British Art in the UK.

Amory Brown do 5 artworks 5 rooms

Amory Brown produce luxury but liveable spaces with a down to earth and focused approach. The duo aim to bring together all aspects of interior detailing to exude modern understated style. We catch up with Hannah, one half of the design duo, to ask her a bit about current design trends and that time a client asked her to design a whole scheme around a silk leopard print and peach coloured pillow case . Finally, Hannah matches 5 pieces of art to 5 rooms the two have designed.