Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s best-selling magazine for artists and art lovers, providing advice and inspiration every month. Published for almost 25 years, each issue of Artists & Illustrators contains a colourful palette of profiles and features, together with valuable practical ideas, expert technical advice and useful product tests. Whether you favour oils or watercolours, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year.
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We present… • This month’s cover artist interprets beautiful landscapes, both on her doorstep and beyond
Mark Harrison • This Sussex-based artist’s paintings are laced with a touch of mystery, which he creates from a studio nestled in the roof of his 19th-century home, finds Ramsha Vistro
Cathy Nichols • Mixed media artist Cathy Nichols believes she owes her success to choosing art as a career instead of law
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Roxana Halls • Born to working-class parents and mainly selftaught, ROXANA HALLS tells Niki Browes why the feeling of performance is so important in the act of painting
Patrick Bremer • Acclaimed for his extraordinary collages, PATRICK BREMER tells Niki Browes how a new piece can be sparked by finding just one image in a magazine
The renegade • In his lifetime, French artist MARCEL DUCHAMP liked to constantly challenge the notion of real art. It’s fitting that a new exhibition is housed in the home of his lifelong friend, the American heiress and prolific art collector, Peggy Guggenheim.
Golden years • FRANS HALS was a Baroque painter who practised intimate realism and was one of the most sought-after painters of his generation. Now, a new exhibition – the first major retrospective of Hals in more than 30 years – means a new generation can discover why he deserves his place as one of the greatest painters in Western art.
A family affair • A new exhibition with works by the likes of LUCIAN FREUD and BARBARA HEPWORTH explores the complexity of family and aims to make audiences reconsider what ‘normal’ means, finds Martha Alexander
Rubens & Women • PETER PAUL RUBENS’ relationships with women nurtured his vision and art. Ramsha Vistro digs deeper into how the women in his family – especially his two wives – played a fundamental role
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Best friends • MATTHEW HAYDN JEANES shows you how he painted a double pet portrait in watercolour, by splicing two separate photographs together
A brush of love • German Artist brush manufacturer DA VINCI – the self-proclaimed ‘specialist for the specialist’ – are renowned for their excellent quality brushes. We caught up with one of their ambassadors to hear why she’s a convert
11 tips for designing and printing greeting cards • From easel to card rack, here are SANDRINE MAUGY’s 11 fail-safe tips for successfully designing your own cards, from the composition stage to the final print
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Different strokes • ALPAY EFE is a self-taught German figurative oil painter. Here, the traditional artist decides to give digital painting a go
Picture this • In every issue, we ask an artist to tell us about a piece of work that holds significance. This...