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.

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.

Leila Fanner's African Dream(scape)

Rise Art Prize applicant Leila Fanner paints metaphysical pieces that capture her spiritual view of the African environs that surround her.

Five Questions with Nicole Gordon

Nicole Gordon is the Founder of Art Is My Oxygen. She's also an Editorial Contributor for Sold Magazine and an Online Author for Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Over the past two years, Nicole has interviewed over 140 artists from around the world. She herself is an artist, and holds a BFA in Sculpture.

Cartoon to Canvas: Behind the Scenes with Ellannah Sadkin

Writer and curator Lori Zimmer interviews Ellannah Sadkin, British-born abstract artist based in New York.

Taking Painting to the Next Dimension with Miranda Donovan

Rise Art goes behind the scenes with Miranda Donovan to find out about the inspiration and processes that lie behind her sculptural paintings.

Linocutting with Lisa Takahashi

Lisa Takahashi is a British printmaker who works in linocut. Her colourful, geometric prints have been featured at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and on BBC Surrey. We ask Lisa why she likes working in linocut and about how she produces her prints.