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 James Smith from this is tomorrow

In just two years the online art magazine this is tomorrow has become an essential daily read for all those interested in the international contemporary art scene. We meet with his founder and editor in chief to discuss this project, the advantages of internet-based media, exciting artists and... Scrabble.

Peter Lamb: Painting on the move

We recently caught up with our Select Artist Peter Lamb, whose energy and questioning of the boundaries of painting have produced an exciting and slightly crazy body of work that we can't seem to get enough of.

Back to school with Medeia Cohan-Petrolino

We met Rise Art curator Medeia Cohan-Petrolino to discuss her new project in the School for Creative Startups, her growing emerging art collection and why working in the arts is such a rewarding challenge!

The Gift of the Gab: Kenny Schachter

Meet Kenny Schachter: fabulous dealer, collector, artist and Rise Art curator. Expect stories involving Vito Acconci, Zaha Hadid or Michael Jackson to name but a few. You are warned!

On painting

You might have already seen Andy Wicks' intriguing paintings here on the site but... Do you want to know how they actually come to life? Learn about the influences, research and painting process of this fantastic artist.

What's Inside My Head

Select Artist Alma Haser explains her thoughts and motivations behind 'Stateless', her series of limited edition prints for Rise Art, and her favourite work of art.

9 Questions with Rise Art curator Edward Cutler

Edward Cutler found some time to tell us about his favourite Rise Art artists, how he discovered art and what works he can't live without.

Video-interview with Select Artist Dai Roberts

We met up with Select Artist Dai Roberts at the print studio, and spoke with him about his practice, interests and new works.

Five questions with curator Adriana Marques

Rise Art curator Adrian Marques' newest exhibition opens this Thursday at the Austrian Cultural Forum London. We seized this chance to learn more about this prolific curator and her favourite artists.

Video-interview with Select Artist Andy Wicks

Select Artist Andy Wicks is doing a year-long residency at the Florence Trust Studios in London. We went to visit and ask him a few questions about his practice and the making of his Rise Art prints. Check out our video!