Roxana Halls is a largely self-taught artist and has, for several years, made her studio in the disused bar of a 1930s London theatre, now a bingo hall. In creating this series, Halls has employed self portraiture and has worked with a variety of sitters. These include the actors Kelly-Anne Lyons, star of the Bafta nominated TV series DNN, Olivier award nominated actor Leah Muller and model Dani Smith, who has worked extensively with the artists Damien Hirst & Rankin. In 2013 Roxana Halls completed a major bespoke commissioned project, THE ALICE STAIRCASE, an 8 interlinking canvas interpretation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass, and is currently creating a similarly complex and ambitious new staircase commission, based upon The Wizard Of Oz. In 2014 Roxana Halls was selected as a finalist for the Winter Pride International Art Award. In 2010 she was 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. She has had four successful solo exhibitions at the Beaux Arts Gallery in Bath, her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows both in the U.K. and California, including the National Portrait Gallery's B.P. Portrait Award, The National Open Art Competition, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Discerning Eye, The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition, The Hunting Art Prize, The Garrick Milne Prize & Art Moorhouse. She has also participated in regular group shows with Beaux Arts & HayHill Galleries, both in Bath and at the London Art Fair, and her work has been shown alongside artists such as Maggi Hambling, John Kirby & Lindsay Seers. Her work has garnered many positive reviews and features, including an interview with Ossian Ward In The Studio for Time Out, Modern Painters, Art of England, Artists & Illustrators, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, Galleries, The London Evening Standard & Diva Magazine. Commissions include Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation, John Simopoulos, Emeritus Professor, St. Catherine's College Oxford and Nick Hackworth, Founder of Paradise Row Gallery for the collection of Brian Sewell. Her work is in many public and private collections in the UK and internationally, including The Discerning Eye Collection, St. Catherine's College Oxford, London Evening Standard Art Critic Brian Sewell, Bafta Award winning actor Katherine Parkinson & star of children's television Kelly-Anne Lyons. Selected Exhibitions 2014 Winter Pride Awards, Chase Gallery, Chelsea, London (finalist) Winter Pride Awards, Tobacco Dock, London Winter Pride Awards at Office Sessions, East India Dock, London 2013 Hayhill Gallery at Henley Festival National Open Art Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London National Open Art Exhibition, Minerva Theatre, Chichester 2012 London Art Fair, Islington, London, with Beaux Arts Bath International Summer Showcase, Hayhill Gallery, Cork St, London Lucid Dreams, Hayhill Gallery at Moor House, 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
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