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 Our Artists: Nadège Druzkowski

Next to take part in our series 'Spotlight On Our Artists' is Nadège Druzkowski who gladly accepted to share her inspiration of the moment with us...

Introduction to: Abigail McDougall

Today, we introduce you to Abigail McDougall, a talented painter based in Bristol and working from the renowned Jamaica Street Studios. Through an interview, Abigail has greatly accepted to share with us her thoughts on Art and on her artistic life...

Incoherent Ramblings from a Fan of Street Art

Street art impacts my life on a daily basis. I cycle through the grime of East London, occasionally running over a few hipsters along the way, and am blown away by the magnitude of all the art and all the talent that is breathing a new life into this iconic city...

Spotlight On Our Artists: Beomsik Won

First to take part in our 'Spotlight On Our Artists' series is Beomsik Won. In this guest post, Won explains what Art means to him and enlightens us on his Archisculpture Project...

An audience with Kelvin Okafor

Compared by The Guardian's Jonathan Jones to Art giants alike Da Vinci, Vermeer, or Caravaggio, there's been quite the kerfuffle about Kelvin Okafor's exquisitely skillful and lifelike drawings. Having been one of Rise Art's original artists, we ask Kelvin five questions...

Rosalind Davis: To The Light

RCA alumni Rosalind Davis sheds light (pardon the pun) on her exhibition 'To The Light' and discusses three of her pieces in a little more detail...

We Interview Mr Four Fingers

Welcome to the dark side: we introduce the two-piece South African duo, Mr Four Fingers, who, inspired by the grit and grime of London's streets, pursued a path of art, skulls and dark undertones.

Jenny Core on her Drawing Processes

Guardian featured, visual artist, Jenny Core talks about her drawing processes and how she intends to create innovative ways of working with drawing in order to alter how we perceive drawing and imagery

Introducing: Anna Marrow

We speak to illustrator, printmaker and Central Saint Martins' alumni Anna Marrow, on her inspirations, commissions and being compared (weirdly) to Banksy.

Sophie Tappeiner Talks Black and White

As Les Recontres d'Arles loses its colour this year, we quiz our art insider Sophie Tappeiner, on the position of Black and White photography in today's climate, her favourite Black and White artists and ultimately whether she thinks the festival's theme is effective or not.