For Halls, the key and foundation of all her works is the imagination, and the method of bringing her ideas into existence has developed over many years. Her working process begins initially with the fabrication of a deliberately transitory installation, constructing her tableaux as frozen moments in a performance of carefully selected objects, gleaned from a variety of sources.
As Halls' works almost entirely from life, these 'sets' serve as an immediate visualization of her imagined composition, a form of preparatory sketch. The resultant painting, cultivated and executed from these installations, is what remains. This process forms a conscious parallel with the ephemeral quality of theatre where the canvas becomes the stage.
While Halls is sceptical of straightforward narratives of self-actualization, her work could be read as different stages in a life's cyclical return to phases of stasis & engagement: some figures are seemingly frozen or constrained while others suggest an escalating desire for abandonment. Her pictures stem from an impulse to experiment and are alive with provocative visual ideas & metaphorical resonance.
Born in Plaistow, London in 1974, Roxana Halls spent the latter part of her childhood in Devon. A largely self-taught artist, Halls has, for several years, made her studio in the disused bar of a 1930s London theatre.
Roxana Halls has held several solo exhibitions including at The National Theatre and on Cork St, Mayfair. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows including the BP Portrait Award on five occasions, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters & The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition.
She has been the recipient of several awards, including the Villiers David Prize, The Discerning Eye Founder's Purchase Prize, The Derwent Special Prize & the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.
Her work has garnered many positive reviews and features, including for Time Out, City AM, Modern Painters, Art of England, Artists & Illustrators, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph & The London Evening Standard.
She has contributed articles about her work to Artists & Illustrators magazine and teaches regularly on the Contemporary Portrait Diploma course at The Art Academy, London, Bridge.
Halls’ work is held in numerous private and public collections in the UK and internationally, including The Discerning Eye Collection, St. Catherine's College Oxford, the late London Evening Standard art critic Brian Sewell, Bafta Award winning actor Katherine Parkinson, Bel Mooney, Sophie Parkin, Kelly- Anne Lyons and Barry & Debbie Bliss.
Her commissions include Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation & John Simopoulos, Emeritus Professor.
2017 The Derwent Special Prize
2016 Runner Up, Winter Pride Art Awards
2014 Finalist, Winter Pride Art Awards
2010 Founder's Purchase Prize, Discerning Eye
Winner, Pride in the House, Lauderdale House, Highgate, London
2004 The Villiers David Prize (nominated by Beaux Arts London)
2001 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
2015 Unknown Women, Hayhill Gallery, Baker St, London
2014 Appetite, Hayhill Gallery, Baker St, London
2012 Domestic Disturbance, Beaux Arts Bath
2011 Shadow Play, HayHill Gallery, Cork St, London
Tingle-Tangle and Other Tales, Lauderdale House, Highgate, London
2009 Roxana Halls' Tingle-Tangle, National Theatre, South Bank, London
2004 Third Solo Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath
2002 Second Solo Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath
2000 First Solo Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath
Seeing Ourselves in a Different Light, article by Roxana Halls, Artists & Illustrators Magazine
Narrative Painting, Article by Roxana Halls, Artists & Illustrators Magazine
Feature, Art Reveal magazine
Interview, OPP magazine, Chicago, USA
Fabrics, Article by Roxana Halls, Artists & Illustrators Magazine
Profile, Studio International
4 Star Review, City AM Newspaper
Appetite Feature, Wall Street International
Appetite Feature, Diva Magazine
Appetite Feature, FAD
Alice in Wonderland Feature, At Home Magazine, guest editor Sarah Beeny
In The Studio, Artists & Illustrators Magazine
Feature & Interview, Unearthly Magazine
Advertisement, Discerning Eye Competition, National Magazines
Domestic Disturbance, Galleries Magazine
The Suspended Room, Bath Life Magazine
Shadow Play feature, Art Of England
Shadow Play feature, This Is London
In The Studio, Time Out London
My Space, The Sunday Telegraph
Observations: In art, life is always a cabaret, The Independent
Cabaret On Canvas, Artists & Illustrators Magazine
The night of my life on a lost weekend, Liz Hoggard, Evening Standard
Cover, The Bath Magazine
Sarah Drury, Galleries Magazine
Moira Rudolph, Galleries magazine
Karen Wright, Modern Painters
Brian Sewell, London Evening Standard
Christopher Hansford, Bath Chronicle
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Roxana Halls - 2012
Roxana Halls - 2011