Roxana Halls

Horse McDonald, b.1958. Singer-songwriter

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About this artwork

Horse McDonald is an iconic and unique singer-songwriter and is one of Scotland’s most celebrated singers. She has been writing, recording and performing for over thirty years. Q magazine described her as owning ‘one of the finest voices of modern times, soul and intelligence combined.’ This portrait captures Horse’s charismatic and enthralling performance style. As part of the creative process of the portrait sitting, Horse sang her best-loved song Careful, live and a cappella for the artist in her London studio. This experimental session resulted in a portrait which, rather than depicting one specific pose, is an amalgam of all the live moments, mannerisms and movements Halls witnessed while Horse performed and which she felt best encapsulated her sitter.

Roxana Halls

Roxana Halls