Artist Statement

Rosalind Faram is a prizewinning multidisciplinary artist based in the UK. Their work blurs the distinction between the artist and the object of focus, creating heterotopias in which Otherness commands identification. Working from the vulnerability of hidden disabilities and biographical trauma, the rupture between public and the private Self is examined through the use of fictional and semi-autobiographical narratives. They employ painting and drawing, photographs and video, poetry, writing, monologues and performed scenarios to demand entitlement, question relationships and challenge invisibility. They oppose the traditional patriarchal art-culture model by facilitating an expansive, fluid mode of creating; a partitive non-hierarchical aesthetic, embracing alterity.



About Their Painting

Faram's dynamic paintings are informed by a wide-ranging research into visual culture.The work is  led by a passion for ways of enquiry into painterly representation, conjuring tableaux that seduce and repel in turns; deconstructing their subjects, playing with surface and creating spaces of uncertain dimensions. Seeing painting as a transition from an activity of mind into the bodily arena, they challenge the status quo with a dark acerbic wit and irreverent humour; delighting in meticulous detail and delicate layering which exists quietly in defiance amidst large, loud energy-led areas of rich colour and an almost pre-school simplicity of stuck-on fake jewels, metal foil, glitter and buttons - resulting in an exuberant and sophisticated power-play across the picture plane. Taking informed risks, Faram confronts patriarchal art history with a playful confidence; revelling in the absurd, the beautiful, the banal and the menacing  with indefatigable curiosity and defiance.


Winner Plymouth Contemporary Award 2021 

Winner Beep2020 Painting Prize

Longlisted for the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019

Shortlisted for the Jacksons Art Prize 2016


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MA Fine Art (Distinction) 2018 Chelsea College of Arts, London UK
Turps Art School, London UK 2014-15
BA Hons (Painting) 1989 Chelsea School of Art, London UK


Artist Support Pledge  A Generous Space 2

May 20 - September 25 2022 The New Art Gallery Walsall UK

Stand Close and Breathe Me In

4 June - 16 July 2022 Elysium Gallery Swansea Wales


No More Stuck Inside

5 February - 19 March 2022

Elysium Gallery Swansea Wales 

Cubby Hole 4-9 May 2017

Side Room

Curated by Ilana Blumberg and Mark Lungley

Chelsea College of Arts, London



Sucker Succour

The Sunderland Pavilion of the Wrong Biennale AKA The Priestman Gallery

7 February - 18 March 2022

Plymouth Contemporary 2021:

The Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth & KARST Gallery,  George Place PL1 3NY 

7 July - 5 September 2021

Stand Close and Breathe Me In

Curated by Enzo Marra in conjunction with Contemporary British Painting

Pineapple Black Arts Middlesborough UK  August 6  -  September 5  2021

The Postcard Project Exhibition 14 - 15 August 2021 

147 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0NY UK

Stand Close and Breathe Me In

Curated by Enzo Marra in conjunction with Contemporary British Painting

Oceans Apart Gallery Salford UK June 25 - July 25 2021


Virtual Visions  2020 launching 28 November online group show curated by Dr Mikey Georgeson 

Hell or High Water curated by Caroline Gregory

20-22 November 2020 LV21 Ship Gravesham Kent UK

Beep 2020 Painting Biennial 

3 October - 7 November 2020

Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales UK

Walls in Online Places

While Supplies Last - Museum Edition 14 & 21 September 2019,

Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, Washington USA

Curated by Anthony White

#MyArtistsTelescope Jerwood online gallery curated by Nigel Cooke 2019

Sleep is not an empty act 29 September 2018

LADA The Garrett Centre London E2 Curated by Moi Tran

MAFA Graduation Show 7 – 13 September 2018

Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, Pimlico, London

Where It Is 25 January 2018 Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, London

Boot Camp 7-17 November 2017 Arts SU Project Space, Chelsea College of Arts, London

Please Yourself 30 October – 4 November 2017 MAFA Gallery Chelsea College of Arts, London

Blakefest 16 Sept – 12 Oct 2017

Honest Chat 17-22 July 2017 MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London

Fortune 22 – 25 June 2017

Curated by Danka Nisevic, Safehouse 1, Peckham, London

Myths 220-22 April MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London

Nasty Women Chelsea 16 March 2017 MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London

East Sussex Open 2016 Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

Selected by Jenni Lomax, Melanie Manchot & Brian Cass

Correspond 28 July-28 August 2016 IR 11 The Facility, Ocean Terminal 1, Edinburgh

Also at the Artworks Gallery, Halifax & Rye Creative Centre

Foule Parlement 8 – 23 April 2016 No 4a Gallery, Malvern, UK

Curated by Rosalind Faram

Also at Electro Studios, Hastings & Rye Creative Centre

East Sussex Open 2015 Towner Gallery Eastbourne

Selected by Saskia Olde Wolbers & Jonathan Watkins

Q Art 14 11 – 14 Dec 2014

APT Gallery, Creekside, Deptford, London

Nunhead Open 10 19 – 21 Sept 2014

The Surgery, Nunhead, London

Correspond 5 – 11 Sept 2014 Turps Art School, Taplow, Aylesbury Estate, London




Arthole Magazine August edition 2020

Poetry & Prose

Excerpts from the Life of Pain  Rosalind Faram 2018


Peer Mentor Chelsea College of Arts 2017-18

Visiting Tutor MA Fine Art University of Sunderland February 2021

Private art tutor & mentor since 2022