Happy Birmingham Pride, DIVAs! ✨

BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY ROXANA HALLS.

Attending Birmingham Pride this weekend? Why not soak up some culture at Roxana Halls’ coveted exhibition, Crime Spree! Appearing at Reuben Colley Fine Art on Colmore Row, Birmingham from 4 September-2 October, this exhilarating exhibition coincides with the Birmingham Pride Celebrations taking place this weekend. Why not balance party and culture, after all?

Roxana Halls has an excitingly unconventional approach towards art. Using the medium of oil paint, she brings a fresh approach towards feminist art, and Crime Spree platforms the women taking control of their lives in defiant ways. Depicting characters flourishing weapons, fleeing a crime scene, or embarking on a night on the town, Roxana’s women are saturated with rebellion, and explore the true meaning of freedom.

Laughing While Marauding by Roxana Halls.

In a recent interview in Culturall, Roxana discussed the motivations behind Crime Spree: “I’m always thinking about where and how women take up space and disrupt politeness, how they circumvent the impulse toward self-control and containment…women are not generally considered a threat, quite the opposite”. She continues: “It’s interesting to think about examples when women didn’t do that so I’ve been looking into vintage and historical gang culture, Victorian girl gangs, pipe-smoking women from the 40s, Teddy Girls… instances of women getting together in a pack and having an edge of threat and danger about them”.

Roxana has accumulated many awards, notably including the Villiers David Prize, the Discerning Eye Founder’s Purchase Prize, the Derwent Special Prize and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Her work is held in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and she has secured a position in the BP Portrait Award exhibitions and Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions.

Sound like your cup of tea? Visit the Reuben Colley Fine Art website for more information. Happy Birmingham Pride, DIVAs!  

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