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.

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.

Kelly Fannon On How To Choose Art For Your Home

Kelly Fannon designs homes, apartments, flats, and all spaces to help you live or work in style with casual elegance. With a background in art and textile design, she is an associate of BIID who is informed by a deep knowledge of the history of art, design and architecture. Here are Kelly's top tips on how to choose art for your home.

10 questions with digital artist Rupert Newman

Rupert's work explores the interaction between the static and the projected moving image. With projection mapping techniques and a distinct visual language, he creates unusual illusions of depth and space challenging the viewers perception. Painting in gouache and manipulating his work for digital print, we asked him about his work.

10 questions with artist Marina Jijina

Marina Jijina is a Russian born British painter. Though classically trained, artistic experiment has always been at the core of her practice. Through observations and studies she has become fascinated by vulnerability of the human condition. She has exhibited in Russia, Britain, Italy, Spain, Macedonia and U.S.A. We ask her what kind of room she would imagine her work in and what advice she would give to young art graduates.

10 questions with 'unfolded' style painter Alex Cave

Alex Cave is a London based painter. His work has been showcased at solo and group shows across the UK and internationally, including an exhibition in China. Alex paints in his signature 'unfolded style' which allows him to translate the three dimensional world into a two dimensional environment. We ask Alex 10 questions

Richard Mosse wins the Deutsche Börse Prize: 3 questions with Brett Rogers

Richard Mosse has won the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his series The Enclave. We catch up with Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers' Gallery, and ask her 3 questions about 2014's nominees and how the prize has evolved in recent years. The other nominees were: Alberto García-Alix, Jochen Lempert and Lorna Simpson. You can catch all the works in the exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery until June 22nd.

Feeling Blue? Igor from Happy Interior Blog's Rise Art Picks

'Blue is my favourite colour. It's a colour that reminds me of freedom and freshness. It's like breathing in crisp air, a salty breeze on the coast, it's like the sea in the south, the eternal ice in the north. It's pure and calming. I love it in all its aspects and hues.' - Igor is founder of interior design blog Happy Interior Blog. We recently reached out to him and he agreed to curate us a collection around the theme of his favourite colour, BLUE!