The female artist looking at a wndow with a portrait she has made
‘I See What You’re Saying’ at MUF Architecture Mare St. Hackney London. photo Grainne Quinlan

C.A.Halpin lives and works at Hairpin Hall Studios and Artistic Laboratories, in Hackney East London. She studied at the Royal College of Art, then went on to work in animation and film, in Britain and Europe. Returning to London in 1994 she moved to Shoreditch to work as an artist, curator and gallery owner.

Halpin works across a broad spectrum of media including painting, drawing, sculpture and writing. Her examination and reworking of the nature of portraiture has led to her work being widely collected in Britain and internationally.

Current and Future Projects

The Rise and Falls of  The Invisible Woman, drawing project 2024

Ethereal (illustrations) for Fahmida Monju Majid 2024

The Treasures of Little Fish Hall, The Holmes Family FauxFolio (copy writing) Ambitious Outsiders, 2024

A Pilgrims Progress, a collection of short stories 2024

Selected Exhibitions


The Invisible Woman meets… interactive performance piece 2023

‘When I’m 64’ , 28 commissioned portraits, 2023

‘I See What You’re Saying’ Hackney Revealed Illuminated Art Festival, London 2022


The Hands of Dead Celebrities: Class of 2016, Folkestone Fringe 2021

The Invisible Woman meets… Black Eyed Susan, The Barge House, 2020

Sainted Love, The Barge House, London 2020

60 if She’s a Day, Drawing Project, London. 2019/20

It’s A Hard World For Little Things, Children Carrying Heavy Objects, Herrick Gallery, London. 2017

The Hands of Dead Celebrities: Class of 2016, The Barge House, London. 2017

It’s A Hard World For Little Things, Children Carrying Heavy Objects, V&A Museum of Childhood, London. 2017

It’s A Hard World For Little Things, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London 2016

The Invisible Woman meets… Hantverk & Found, Margate 2015

Black Eyed Susan, Arts Club East, London. 2015

Jog On, Headway East, London, 2014

2013 Black Eyed Susan, Art@ 42, London, 2013

CAN TS PELLE, A Brookes Art, London 2012


Art in THE YARD, The Last Hurrah, London, 2023

Art Car Boot Fair, London, 2023

E8 Art Trail, 195 Mare Street, London, June 2023

Art Car Boot Fair, London and online 2022

Silverhill Press Presents, Presenting Silverhill Zines, St Leonards on Sea, 2022

A woman’s place is everywhere. LDN, The Cello Factory, London 2022

THIS IS NOT A TOY, Folkestone 2021

Art Car Boot Fair, online edition 2021

The Flea Circus, Artwave Festival, Lewes, East Sussex 2021

Arcadia, The Fishing Quarter Gallery, Brighton, 2021

SarahStatonSupaStore, South London Gallery 2021

Art Market, Vout O’Reenees, London 2020

Art Car Boot Fair Viral Edition, Online 2020

Xmas Art Market, Vout O-Reenees, London 2019

Making a Mark, Group Show Dulwich College, London. 2019

Art Car Boot Fair, London & Margate 2019

The Invisible Woman meets…Mary, Swalevale Triviale, Kent, 2019

A Tale of Two Kates, The Stash Gallery, London, 2018

The PencilVainia Project, Herrick gallery London, 2018

Art Car Boot Fair, London & Folkestone 2017

Finding 50 Fridas East End Prints London 2016

Art Car Boot Fair, London & Hastings, 2016

The Outside World AllStars at Red Gallery 2015

UpstArt, UpstART Art, London 2015

Commissioned Work

2024 Cats commissioned by Jeremy Diamond

2024 Sunflowers commissioned by Andy Tucker

2024 Phil and Karen commissioned by Bridget Freer

2024 Mama comissioned by Valentina Floris

2023 Apollo commissioned by Michele Howarth Rashman

2023 Vicky and Flynn commissioned by Vicky Maxwell Davies

2023 Nancy and Scampy commissioned by Alice and Seng Watson

2023 John, commissioned by Jane Alty

2022 Millie commissioned by D.L.D

2022 Paul and his family commissioned by Bridget Freer

2022 Wedding Day commissioned by Michelle Webber Taylor

2022 House commissioned by Hugo Eaton

2022 Gary Fairfull commissioned by Mim Scott Goddard

2022 Bunny commissioned by Amdrew Founatin

2022 Poppy commissioned by Mel Elliot

2022 Freddie commissioned by Paula Fletcher

2022 Dora commisioned by Lucy Fountain

2021 Dre commissioned by Charlie Canavan

2021 Tom, commissioned by Jacqui Brookes

2021 Monty commissioned by Josef Kowaleski

2021 Zac & Cilla commissioned by Claire Spragge

2021 Ali pregnant, commissioned by Giovanna Forte

2021 Ali in a Red Dress, commissioned by Ali Forte

Work in Collections

2021 The Lungs of Love, Soho House, Members Clubs

1991 All my hopes and dreams, La Musee des Sables D’Ollones

1991 L’Art en Jeu Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

1990 L’Ecuyere La Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France


‘Hunter Follows His Nose, A colouring story book, published by Ambitious Outsiders Press, 2023

‘The Phallen Stars’, A colouring book, published by Ambitious Outsiders Press, 2023

The Dog Said Nothing, illustrated short stories, published by Ambitious Outsiders Press 2023

‘Wish they weren’t here’ Saucy Tory Post Cards 2022

The Butterfly Club, editing and illustration children’s book, by Philomena Young 2022

The Rise and Falls of  The Invisible Woman, Silverhill Press, Hastings. 2022