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.

Finding Beauty in the Banal with Stella Kapezanou

Stella Kapezanou's paintings bring the everyday into the realms of the exotic. See into her studio, get a glimpse behind the scenes and discover her figurative works.

Adriana Marques Meets Dai Roberts

Rise Art insider Adriana Marques bought her first Rise Art artwork from Dai Roberts back in 2011. Six years later, she finally meets one of her favourite artists to discuss his work, recent move to Essex, and why he is fascinated with Modernism and the 21st century.

In the Studio with Nadia Attura

Nadia's arresting works hang in the balance between the real and the surreal, transporting us to distant, hazy lands. We sat down with Nadia, unearthing her story and discovering the secrets behind her mysterious works. Read on to see into her studio and browse her latest works.

Simon Smith's Springtime Epigram

Simon M Smith's works are the epitome of springtime splendour. Discover how he creates his canvases, and hear all about his inspirations and influences.

Mimicking Nature's Majesty with Grace Aza-Selinger

Abstract painter and one to watch Grace Aza-Selinger's otherworldly paintings see electric colours fuse on canvas in an explosion of expression. Grace gave us a tour of her studio, revealing the step-by-step process behind her Water Blooms series and sharing the influences behind her colourful, dreamy pieces.

A Journey Into the Wild with Violet Astor

Self-taught artist Violet Astor discovered the meditative medium of drawing as a form of art therapy to aid her in her ongoing battle with Lymes Disease. Discover her incredible story and hear about her recent travels to India in our exclusive interview with the artist.

Ellie Vandoorne’s World of Illustration

We recently caught up with London-based illustrator and artist, Ellie Vandoorne, getting a tour of her studio and and observing the stages of her practice. Discover more about Ellie and browse her latest releases on Rise Art.

Genevieve Leavold's Call of the Wild

Genevieve invites us into her beloved studio, and tells us all about the meditative rituals that fuel her energetic works.

In the Studio with Kristjana Williams

Check out our exclusive interview with renowned Icelandic artist, Kristjana Williams, whose intricate works capture fantastic, tropical illustrations and intricate 3D city maps. She shows us her studio and explains what art means to her.

Wayne Sleeth’s Modern Take on Monet

Parisian based artist Wayne Sleeth is known for his visceral, abstract works that capture a new and unique perspective on traditional landscapes. Painting has always been a part of his life, and here he shares with us his journey as an artist, from relocating to Paris, to transcending from classical to contemporary styles of painting.