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.

Introducing: Conrad Carvalho

Conrad, director of Oaktree & Tiger Gallery, is also the Collections Advisor at Rise Art. Conrad works with corporate and commercial businesses to transform their environments with art, build their art collections and support our emerging artists and partners.

Anthropocene: In Retrospective

Stephen Walter answers our questions and shares photos from his acclaimed and highly successful exhibition Anthropocene.

Mexican Geometry

Mexico and Berlin are places existing on very different planes in the popular imagination. Put the two together though and you get Mexico born, now Berlin–based artist, Guillermo Aguilar–Huerta.

Response Required

Suvi Lehtinen explores space, and uses her intuition to discover the wonderful world of Amanda Karlsson for the Monday Pick.

Dream State

Ever woken up from a dream and wanted to write it down instantly so you don’t forget it, only for it to wash away from your mind while you were looking for a pen? Except that it doesn’t quite go, and during the following day you think you recall snippets from it, but you can never put them all together to make a whole… There is sense in nonsense, and nothing in something.

Two Views

Rise Art artist Amanda Karlsson’s current exhibition, with studio colleague Julia Oloffson, shows different ways of relating to home, as Suvi Lehtinen discovers for the Wednesday Event.

Introducing: Kristjana S Williams

Kristjana S Williams richly imaginative work interweaves fragments of Victorian engraving with contemporary illustrations and colouring. The artist creates magical landscapes, filled with impossible, exotic creatures and delicate flora and fauna.

Artist Of The Week: Victoria Horkan

Victoria Horkan’s work offers a bold, vibrant and expressive milieu of forms and colours that falls somewhere between the realms of impressionism, abstraction and expressionism.

Portrait with the artist: Elisabeth Bond

We spoke to print maker Elisabeth Bond about her practice, inspirations and working habits.

Carne Griffiths striking portraits composed with Whisky, Vodka, Tea and Ink

New work now available using uncommon mediums to produce exceptionally detailed and explosive artwork.