A5 (21 x 14.8 cm) single postcard featuring of Horse McDonald, b.1958. Singer songwriter by British artist Roxana Halls from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
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.
Roxana Halls is drawn to investigate the meaning of cultural trends and invites the viewer to reflect on the interplay of gender, class, sexuality and identity. Her work has been exhibited and commissioned widely and is held in numerous private and public collections in the UK and internationally.
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.