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.

From the Rice Fields of Thailand to the Museums of London: How This Artist Made It

Thai artist Ta Thimkaeo once thought that there was more chance of her walking on the moon than becoming an artist. But art was in her blood and it was written in her stars.

Taking Neon to the Next Level with Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker takes neon to new levels, with fields of energy, vibrations and materials like crystal and bone. Find out more about Lauren's fascinating practice.

David Wightman's Wallpaper Landscapes

David Wightman uses acrylic paint and wallpaper to create imaginary landscapes that are flooded with colour. Find out more about David's process in this Q&A.

Meet the King of Street Murals

We get the lowdown on sought after street artist Marc Craig on his murals for the Rise Art Prize and the Andaz Hotel, as well as the new aesthetic direction he's taking in his prints.

Painting Perception with Japanese Artist Hiroshi Sato

We go behind the scenes with Rise Art Prize finalist Hiroshi Sato to understand the motivations and influences behind his realist paintings.

Looking to the Lobster with Elizabeth Waggett

Lori Zimmer asks Rise Art Prize finalist, Elizabeth Waggett, about her practice and the thinking behind her striking monochrome drawings.

Turning Ads into Art with Peter Horvath

Peter Horvath’s new collage series explores the decline of America as a global superpower. The Rise Art Prize finalist has pre-released his new collages exclusively on Rise Art. We find out more about the process and thought behind 'American Century'.

Discover the Lost & Forgotten with Rise Art Prize Finalist Gina Soden

Award winning photographer and Rise Art Prize finalist Gina Soden tells us why she loves capturing abandoned buildings and what her ambitions are for the future.

5 Questions with Icelandic Artist Kristjana Williams

Renowned Icelandic artist Kristjana Williams has produced a selection of 3D works and hand-embellished prints exclusively for Rise Art. Learn more about the artist in this Q&A and get your paws on on of these pieces asap.

Yuliya Martynova’s Watercolour World

Yuliya Martynova is a Kazakhstan born watercolour artist who exhibits her colourful paintings at art fairs around the UK. She works between studios in Moscow and London.