NEWS: Roxana Halls most recent solo exhibition CRIME SPREESept 2021
NEWS: Roxana Halls' portrait of Horse McDonald has been acquired for the permanent collection of theNATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLANDand is currently on display in the Modern Portrait rooms of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
NEWS: Roxana Halls will be exhibited in CHERCHEZ LA FEMMEat TW FINE ART, Palm Beach, FL from the 9th January 2022
NEWS: Roxana Halls was selected as one of Paul Carey-Kent's ten choices from The ING Discerning Eye in FAD Magazine
NEWS: New interview with Frances Forbes-Carbine The noxious and the nourishing: Roxana Halls on women, violence and spectatorship for CULTURALL magazine
NEWS: AJ Kelly wrote on Roxana Halls work and its broader feminist interpretation in AFTER ELLEN magazine Laughing While Under Surveillance: the Art of Roxana Halls
Roxana Halls created portraits for SITTINGa play by Katherine Parkinson, which is being filmed by BBC Arts & Avalon Productions first screened on BBC FOUR and available to view on BBC iPlayer as part of the Lights Up festival from April 2021
Roxana Halls was recently a guest on BBC Woman's Hour alongside Flavia Frigeri & Toyin Ojih Odutola discussing putting women back into the picture at the National Portrait Gallery.
Roxana Halls was invited by Tom Croft, originator of the Portraits For NHS Heroes project, to curate a selection of works for the Google Arts & Culture online gallery, in association with Paintings In Hospitals, Now Live. HEALTHCARE HEROES Halls selected images imbued with narratives of emotional power as one of the highlights from the Healthcare Heroes collection and wrote about a select few as well as her own portrait of Katie Tomkins for the project, alongside curations by art critic Kate Bryan, author Mark Haddon, artist Adebanji Alade and A&E nurse Harriet Durkin, the subject of the very first portrait by Tom himself.
Roxana Halls was in conversation with Nicola Jennings and The Colnaghi Foundation on laughter, self-portraiture and her work in relation to the art of Judith Leyster, Rembrandt, Goya and Bellini. COLNAGHI FOUNDATION online
Roxana Halls was selected by Ruth Millington as one of 6 Women at the Forefront of Feminist Art Today alongside artists such as Shani Rhys James & Caroline Walker in RISE ART
Roxana Halls was interviewed for WIA ARTIST PROFILE Championing Women in Art
A portrait of Roxana Halls by filmmaker and photographer Barry Bliss, taken for his MAKE A MARK series of photographs of 30 women painters was exhibited as part of the celebrations for the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in the Upper Waiting Hall in the Palace of Westminster in March 2019
Roxana Halls portrait by fine art photographer and historian Carla van de Puttelaar forms part of her series 'Artfully Dressed:Women in the Artworld' a series of portraits of prominent and promising women in the art world, including some of the world’s top female artists, gallerists and curators. Van de Puttelaar's portrait of Halls will be on of 60 from the series to be exhibited in the art fair ‘TEFAF Fall 2019'and will hang throughout the Park Avenue Armory in November 2019. The show is sponsored by TEFAF and Bank of America
Two Films about Roxana Halls' project Appetite, her costume collection & the role it plays in her work are available to view now here
Interview in Studio International, ‘I often equate painting with performance’ here
Her solo exhibition, SHADOW PLAY, was held at Hayhill Gallery, Cork Street, London, in November 2011.
'ROXANA HALLS' TINGLE - TANGLE' was exhibited at the National Theatre, South Bank, London in 2009.
In 2010 she was the winner of the Founder's Purchase Prize in the Discerning Eye show, and she was the winner of Pride in the House at Lauderdale House, where she held her prize winning show 'TINGLE-TANGLE & OTHER TALES' in 2011. In 2004 she was the winner of the Villiers David Prize, and in 2001 she received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.
Roxana Halls' work has been exhibited widely and is held in numerous private and public collections in the UK and internationally.
Frequently employing dark glamour and a wry deliberate humour, Halls’ paintings depicting female impropriety offer a riposte to self-censure. Halls is drawn to investigate the meaning of cultural trends and invites the viewer to reflect on the interplay of gender, class, sexuality and spectatorship.
"My work using laughter explores ways of depicting women's internalised rules of conduct and my perception of their conflicted ever fluctuating response to external expectations. I'm interested in posing questions about the ways in which within contemporary culture women are appraised, influenced & policed and how this 'self- surveillance' circumscribes the repertoire of legitimate actions available to women.
Many of the subjects of my paintings offer a riposte to self-consciousness, they often teeter on the verge of indulging in 'catastrophic' behaviour, or at times topple over. They may be inappropriate and immune to self-censure. When I paint images of women laughing, eating or interacting I am always cognisant of the fact that the most seemingly innocuous actions can be subversive, just as acts of transgression may be foregrounded by the prosaic.
In making such work I have been inspired by writers such as Hélène Cixous, in particular her groundbreaking pieces such as 'Sorties' and ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’, in which she dissects the assymetrical relationship between sex and power. When I paint images depicting female pleasure, excessiveness or impropriety I think of Cixous, her ideas and her stories. She shows us how resistance can take many forms."
Roxana Halls has, for several years, made her studio in the disused bar of a 1930s London theatre.
Halls has held numerous solo exhibitions including at The National Theatre, Beaux Arts Bath Gallery and Hayhill Gallery, Mayfair. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows including the BP Portrait Award, The RA Summer Exhibition, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition. She has been invited on three occasions to exhibit work at The Discerning Eye exhibition.
She has created works commissioned by and for Arts Council England funded exhibitions and supported museum and touring shows including Kapow! held at Stoke Potteries Museum and Dear Christine which toured the UK in 2019 and 2020.
She regularly exhibits with Colley Ison Gallery in Birmingham with whom she held her most recent solo exhibition, CRIME SPREE in 2021.
Halls has been the recipient of several awards, including the Villiers David Prize, The Discerning Eye Founder's Purchase Prize, The Derwent Special Prize and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award and has been nominated for a 2021 DIVA Award.
She has written articles for and has been featured in many leading art magazines including Time Out, Modern Painters, Wallpaper*, Art of England, Artists & Illustrators, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, Galleries, The London Evening Standard, City AM, Airmail, Bust, Diva Magazine, FAD, Art North, Apollo Magazine and Trebuchet. She has appeared as a guest on BBC Woman's Hour and she was recorded in conversation at her London studio for BBC Radio 4's Only Artists.
Her commissions include Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation, Debbie Bliss MBE, John Simopoulos, Emeritus Professor and has also produced a series of portraits for the BBC Arts production of Sitting by Katherine Parkinson, made for BBC FOUR and broadcast in early 2021.
She has contributed to symposia in the UK and been called upon to judge several art competitions.
A portrait of Roxana Halls was exhibited among a series of photographs of 30 women painters as part of the celebrations for the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in the Upper Waiting Hall in the Palace of Westminster in March 2019.
Her work is held in numerous private and public collections in the UK and internationally including The Discerning Eye Collection, St. Catherine's College Oxford, Brian Sewell, Katherine Parkinson, Bel Mooney, Rosa Bosch, Julie Burchill, Debbie Bliss MBE, Luke Jennings, author of the Killing Eve novels. In 2020 her portrait of Horse McDonald was purchased for the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which currently hangs in the gallery's Great Hall.
Roxana Halls in her Studio. Portrait by Matthew Tugwell