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.

Interview with Masaaki Hasegawa

"Art is a way of thinking, communicating, and living for me. It's a journey to find possibilities and show alternatives."

Q&A with Tabitha Soren

"It’s my responsibility to keep making work even if it doesn’t gel with current trends. The work is the reward. That’s the most important thing I’ve learned."

Q&A with Jo Holland

The abstract photographer talks us through her creative process, how she finds inspiration, and her artistic journey, from a makeshift darkroom, to her latest ‘Appreciation Mandala' photography series.

Q&A with Jim Grundy

Read our Q&A with geometric abstract artist Jim Grundy and discover just how he goes about creating each work of art.

Q&A with Sue Kennington

Find out about Sue Kennington’s process, her use of colour and her journey to becoming an artist.

Q&A with Ziesook You

Learn about Ziesook You's creative process and discover her expressionistic photographs with Rise Art's Q&A with the artist.

Q&A With Fion Gunn

Fion Gunn’s portfolio is filled with sculpture, VR video, and thought-provoking collages using printed images and realia. The artist is both an example and witness of the developing trade between Asia and Europe, working between Ireland and China for decades. Her work combines visual references from both East and West, past and present.

Q&A With Amy Dury

We spoke to Amy about her inspirations, latest projects, and remarkable experiences in the art world.

Q&A With Oleksandr Balbyshev

Oleksandr Balbyshev modifies found paintings and sculptures of the former head of the Soviet Russian government, Lenin. The new layers he adds to these artefacts often appear to reference contemporary art masters such as Hirst or Koons. For the other half of his practice, Balbyshev paints intimate, vibrant male nudes. In both of these styles, the artist explores his identity, as well as the identity of his country.

Finding truth through consumerism with Olga Lomaka

Olga Lomaka’s work combines concrete and the abstract, the familiar and the unknown. Working broadly within the pop art paradigm, the artist employs the recognisable aesthetic of consumerism. There is an irony in her use of this visual language to communicate complex ideas and narratives. By tweaking iconic pop culture symbolism, she communicates her hopes and concerns about our society.