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        Featured Artists

        Use our Featured Artists guides to learn about the most exciting emerging and established artists working today. Whether you’re looking to find out more about artists you love, or you’re wanting to discover new talent, our Featured Artists guides take you through everything from the process, to the all important concept that fuels an artist’s practice. Look at our Featured Artists guides and explore art and artists in more depth.

        How the Featured Artists Guides Work

        Our Featured Artists guides offer a deep dive into the artist behind the art. Take our guide, Gavin Turk: Giving Permanence to the Impermanent and Worth to the Worthless, where we take you through the evolution of the much-celebrated artist’s career and explore Gavin’s relationship with Britain and with the climate, or our piece, Magnus Gjoen: Reviving the Old to Make Way for the New, in which we track the artist’s overarching influences. Both guides offer an understanding of just what it is that makes an artist tick.

        Featured Artist Guides You Won’t Want To Miss

        Among our Featured Artists guides are pieces on some of the most highly regarded artists working today, alongside emerging new names in the art world. One guide that shows a glimpse of studio life and the process of creating work is Think what you want about Bruce McLean’s sculptures, just don’t think about them too much. Another must-read is Barry Johnson: The Art of Creating New Personas, which details the unusual winding road that led to Barry’s career as an artist. Find, read and discover more pieces like this with our Featured Artists Guides.

        6 Contemporary Landscape Artists Pushing Past Tradition

        Landscape painting. The term brings to mind J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, who made the genre popular in the 19th century. Since then, artists have continually updated the subject, through the Impressionism of Claude Monet to the Pop Art of David Hockney. Today, can artists continue to make landscape painting relevant and exciting?

        10 Artists Promoting Diversity Through Portraiture

        In recent years, artists have been reclaiming the portrait to uncover the true complexities of identity. Discover some of the contemporary artists celebrating and promoting diversity through portraiture.

        6 Contemporary Feminist Artists Active Today

        Discover 6 pioneering women at the forefront of the feminist art scene breaking into a world that has been male-dominated for too long.

        Takashi Murakami | Superflatism and Democracy in Art

        Takashi Murakami playfully blurs the boundary between fine art and commercial fodder, but underneath his playfulness there is a serious comment hidden in his practice.

        Gender in Art: 6 Artists Questioning Gender Norms

        Discover 6 contemporary artists using their practice to question gender norms in Rise Art's blog.

        Bridget Riley | The Hermaphrodite

        Bridget Riley gained attention at the height of the feminist movement and in an endeavor to remove herself from those who wished to classify her work by gender, she wrote an essay titled ‘The Hermaphrodite’.

        Picasso’s Muses

        Over the course of his life, Pablo Picasso had two wives, six mistresses and dozens of lovers who served as inspiration for the artist’s work.

        Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera | Romance & Heartbreak

        Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera painted each other for 25 years. Find out about the couple’s tumultuous relationship on the blog.

        Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele | Masters of Sex and Death

        Because it’s valentine's what better opportunity is there to discuss the riveting and nonconformist love lives of some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, who's desperately passionate, expressionist work pushed the boundaries of art and depicted the human figure as never before.

        LGBT Artist Power Couple | Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe

        As part of LGBT History Month we’re celebrating the achievements of artist couple Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe, whose story was popularised by Tom Hooper's Oscar-nominated film, The Danish Girl (2015). Gerda and Lili were pioneers of gender performance, and together they challenged the boundaries of gender identity - in art as much as in life.