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.

My Time As An Artists' Apprentice in New York

Cityscape artist Georgia Peskett recounts her time as an artists' apprentice in New York during the 1980s. She recalls an introduction to Jean-Michel Basquiat, drinking coffee with her father and a young Vincent Gallo, stretching out Joe La Placa's (at this time a painter in New York) canvases for him and her first work sold by Guillaume Gallozzi also around this time.

Top 10 Female Artists on Rise Art

In aid of the substantial and much to be celebrated jovial holiday that is National Women's Day, renowned art dealer and founder of the Hollywood Road Art's club, Amanda K Lambert talks us through her top 10 female Artists on Rise Art and tells us exactly why they appeal to her.

In Conversation with Victoria Horkan

To celebrate the release of Victoria Horkan's brand new prints, we question the Yorkshire born Artist on the relationship between distortion and fantasy in her butterfly paintings, why she thinks people find the compilations so compelling and her thoughts on Damien Hirst's Butterfly paintings including the 9,000 butterflies that died during his 2008 Tate exhibition.

The Art of Decomposition, Neglect & Breaching Security Barriers

The desolate and beautiful photographs of Gina Soden are often are underscored by the potential controversy of gaining unlicensed access to these out of bounds areas. Gina scrambles through holes in fences, hides from angry guards, buries her face in mud and clambers into buildings with more warning and hazard signs than remaining window glass. Here she recounts the stories behind the capturing of each photograph.

The Abstract Representation of the 'Body' via the Tailoring Pattern

Hormazd Narielwalla is a collage maker working with tailoring patterns as raw source materials. His practice began in the workrooms of Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner when he discovered they would discard sets of bespoke suit patterns upon death of their customers. They had no use without the individual body. This prompted him to produce an artist book Dead Man’s Patterns (2008) which, was acquired by the British Library, National Art Library and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

5 Things You Didn't Know About David Bailey

Cockney born David Bailey burst onto the London scene to inspire and document the Swinging Sixties with his iconic black and white photographs. Bailey started taking photographs with his mother's Brownie camera. Inspired by Picasso, when Bailey first saw his paintings of Dora Maar, he says, "It was like getting religion: in those few paintings he showed me there were no rules." Here's five things you didn't know about David Bailey.

Introducing Robert Pereira Hind

The process of making a gold-leaf photograph is pretty convoluted and delicate. Taking between 15-20 hours it’s easy to cock up at almost any stage. Once Robert has the various tree photographs ready to transfer, he often gets that trembly hand feeling, if he makes a mistake at this stage there’s a lot of hard work and time riding on it. Robert talks us through the process of creating these glorious gold-leaf photographs and tells us why this process appeals to him.

Interview with Justin Hammond, curator of The Catlin Art Prize

Justin Hammond is an independent art dealer, exhibition curator, art book publisher and author of The Catlin Guide 2014. We met Justin on a sunny London morning to find out about how the Catlin Art prize started, how the selection process works and hear his advice for new artists and collectors.

Introducing Mychael Barrett

Mychael Barratt's work draws on inspiration from sources as diverse as fairy tales and Shakespearean dramas to paintings by "Great Masters" and 1960s pop culture. Of his current work, Mychael writes: 'The titles are an integral part of the process, and narrative themes and an irreverent sense of humour run through all of my prints and paintings'. Rise Art ask Mychael a few questions

Photographing the Desolate

At the heart of Gina Soden’s photography is a preoccupation with abandoned structures and locations. Travelling widely to undisclosed sites throughout Europe, she explores the boundaries of beauty, decay, nostalgia and neglect. The compositions feature derelict asylums, long since closed schools, ex-military compounds and famous city power stations in various stages of decay. Gina talks to us about what it means to photograph the desolate