Roxana Halls

Roxana Halls (born Plaistow, London) is a painter, curator and educator.

Frequently employing dark glamour and a wry humour, Halls’ paintings depicting female impropriety reflect on the interplay of gender, class, sexuality and spectatorship. Her work using laughter explores and subverts women’s internalised rules of conduct and the ways in which within contemporary culture women are appraised, influenced & policed. Halls considers how self- surveillance circumscribes the repertoire of legitimate actions available to women. A multiple award-winner, Halls has been interviewed for BBC Radio Four’s Only Artists and featured on Extraordinary Portraits for BBC One. Her work is included in numerous collections in the UK and internationally. These include both the private collections of Killing Eve novelist Luke Jennings and Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation, and the public collections of St. Catherine’s College Oxford, The Science Museum and The National Galleries of Scotland.

Group exhibitions include: Bodies in Trouble, Haus Kunst Mitte, Berlin, Germany (2022); Deconsecrated, DAC Club, Ghent, Belgium (2022); Surreal So Good, TW Fine Art, Palm Beach, Florida (2022); Everytime We Say Goodbye, The Project Gallery, Athens, Greece (2022); Five Needle Five Wire, InFems Art Collective, Thameside Studios, London (2022); Caught Up In A Lockdown Art Affair, TW Fine Art, Brooklyn, New York (2021); Rebel Dykes Art & Archive Show, Space Station 65, London (2021); No Reserve, InFems Art Collective, Leicester Contemporary, Leicester (2021); Biting Back & Enjoying The Taste, InFems Art Collective, PADA Studios, Lisbon (2021); KAPOW! The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (2020); Dear Christine (a tribute to Christine Keeler), Arthouse 1, London (2020) Vane, Newcastle (2019), Elysium, Swansea (2019); “Not Only can Women Paint but…”, Ruth Borchard Collection, London (2020); Land of Cockaygne, Orange Moon Gallery, Prince Eugenie Gasse, Vienna (2019); Make a Mark, Portraits of 30 Women Painters, Houses of Parliament, London (2019); RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (2018); Threesome, New Art Projects, London (2018), The Gallery, Liverpool (2018); A Moveable Feast, Andreas Hülber Gallery, Vienna (2018); We Could Be Heroes, MPHQ Project Space, Cologne, Germany (2018); Discerning Eye Collection Tour, Guildford House Gallery (2018); Queer Artists: In Your Face, Salisbury Art Centre (2017); Écriture Féminine, Edgar Modern, Bath (2016); Discerning Eye Collection 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Temple Church, London (2016); The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London (2015, 1995); B.P. Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London (2000,1998,1996,1995,1994).

Solo presentations have included: Eyes of Roxana Halls, Gallery 46, Whitechapel, London (2022); Crime Spree, Colley Ison Fine Art, Birmingham (2021); Weimar & Other Earthly Desires, The Stash Gallery at Vout-O-Reenee’s, London (2017); Unknown Women, Hayhill Gallery, Baker St, London (2015); Appetite, Hayhill Gallery, Baker St, London (2014); Shadow Play, HayHill Gallery, Cork St, London (2011); Roxana Halls’ Tingle-Tangle, National Theatre, South Bank, London (2009); Solo Exhibitions, Beaux Arts Bath, (2012,2004,2002,2000).

Curatorial projects include: Funny Ha Ha, Maddox Gallery, Mayfair, London (2022); Five Needle Five Wire, InFems Art Collective, Thameside Studios, London (2022); No Reserve, InFems Art Collective, Leicester Contemporary, Leicester (2021).

Selected commissions and portraits: Sarah Gordy MBE (2021); Horse McDonald, Collection of National Galleries of Scotland (2020); Katie Tomkins – Mortuary & Post Mortem Services Manager, Collection of The Science Museum (2020); Debbie Bliss MBE (2019); Portraits for BBC Arts & BBC Four ‘Sitting’, (2020,2019,2018); John Simopoulos, Emeritus Professor, St Catherine’s College, Oxford (2017); Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman, Jerwood Foundation (1995). Selected collections: St. Catherine’s College Oxford, The Science Museum and The National Galleries of Scotland.

Past exhibitions