Young, female and tipped for the top.

– The Independent


Alice Instone is an English artist who makes paintings concerned with gender and power; drawing attention to the female archetype. These sexually charged paintings express the conviction that painting and making marks on a surface can achieve an intensity of experience like no other medium.


Much of her work makes use of historical stories and images as part of an enquiry into the potency of certain images, creating a totally immersive art that contains a sense of the past and the present. Instone frequently exhibits in found or non commercial spaces that have a relationship with her work.  These include The Houses of Parliament, a former Soho brothel, the home of the writer Henry James, a refuge for destitute women and a museum housing the largest collection of historical footwear in the world.  Her recent project about women’s to-do lists opened to widespread acclaim for International Women’s Day 2016.


Instone has been drawing and painting women since she was little: “I think there may have been some link in my mind between the perfect female exterior and gaining some kind of control,” she says. “Clearly I’m still obsessed by the relationship between gender and power, but it’s also about femininity, beauty, female sexuality, how we consume images of women, how they make us feel. I’ve always been drawn to the ‘bad’ woman, seductresses and the sort of women who seemed to have lots of power (even if it was very temporary) – and the desire to immerse myself in all those memorable images that I had mentally collected over the years.”



Alice is currently working on an exhibition and book titled Hollywoodland (the original letters of the iconic Hollywood sign) which is the result of her art-residency at legendary hotel Chateau Marmont. Here she translates her vision of Hollywood into lush, intense paint, the technicolour tropical beauty counterbalancing the woeful narratives contained in the layered images typical of her work. Hollywood icons are interspersed with psychological landscapes and ghosts of familiar images come forward and recede beneath fresh images in a series of ‘double exposure’ paintings, replicating the extreme contrasts of the place - public but intimate, gorgeous but dark, complex but superficial, recognisable but alien, well known, deceptive, mysterious - a place of transformation.


Alice has worked with musicians Annie Lennox, Beverley Knight, Alison Goldfrapp and Dame Evelyn Glennie, barrister and broadcaster Baroness Kennedy QC, Secretary of State Baroness Scotland, Scientist Professor Baroness Greenfield, actresses Helen McCrory, Sadie Frost and Emilia Fox, model and entrepreneur Elle Macpherson, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger, artists Sir Peter Blake, Chantal Joffe RA and Fiona Banner, designers Bella Freud, Alice Temperley, Anya Hindmarch and Nicole Farhi, Lord Chief Justice Baron Woolf, model Laura Bailey, organic campaigner Jo Wood,  photographer and talk show host Amanda de Cadanet, model, photographer and icon Pattie Boyd, Shadow Attorney General Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, playwright, screenwriter and director Sir David Hare, actress and producer Emma Freud and barrister and former first lady Cherie Blair QC - to name a tiny selection. Described by The Observer as a casting director as well as portraitist The Telegraph stated that she shows prominent women as they’ve never been seen before.

Instone’s work is held in several public collections and she has collaborated with various public bodies including the National Trust, the Houses of Parliament, the British Medical Assoc., No 10 Downing St, the Royal Society of Arts, Northampton Museum and global organisations including Ernst and Young, Allen & Overy, Rothschild, Herbert Smith, Chanel and Oxfam. 


Solo Exhibitions



Hollywoodland, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles

The List Project, Los Angeles

The Pram In The Hall, 1 Cathedral Street, London

She Should Have Known Better, Lamb House Rye - National Trust owned home of Henry James

Because A Fire Was In My Head, Cob Gallery, London

The House of Fallen Women, The House of St Barnabas in Soho, London: Grade I listed former refuge for destitute women

Alice Instone, Northampton Museum: home to the largest collection of historical footwear in the world

Phantom of Delight, Archer Street Soho London: former brothel – collaboration with photographer Camilla Broadbent

Interview With A Shoe, BBB Gallery London

Laura Bailey's Lucky Shoes, Chanel Head Office London

In History Anonymous Was A Woman, House of Commons, London
– opened by The Right Honourable Theresa May MP

21 21st Century Women, Ernst & Young Headquarters London
– opened by Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC

Phenomenal Women, Royal Society of Arts London




Tell Me Everything You Saw And What You Think It Means (2018)

The Pram In The Hall (2016)

She Should Have Known Better (2013)

Because A Fire Was In My Head (2012)

True British: Alice Temperley (2011)

The House of Fallen Women (2010)

Interview With A Shoe (2009)

21 21st Century Women (2008)

Salon du The catalogue (2009)

Happy Birthday Peace (2008)



Selection of previous sitters and collaborators:


Alice Temperley – Fashion Designer
Alison Goldfrapp - Musician & Producer
Amanda de Cadanet - Photographer and Chat Show Host
Amanda Eliasch - Photographer, Artist and Film-Maker
Angela Conner - Sculptor
Ann Francke - CEO Chartered Management Institute
Anita Zabludowicz - Art Patron
Annie Lennox - Singer, Composer, Activist
Anya Hindmarch - Designer, Businesswoman
Avery Agnelli - Architect
Baron Woolf - former Chief of Justice
Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE - Author
Baroness Patricia Scotland QC - Minister of State for Justice
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - Barrister, Broadcaster, Author
Bay Garnett - Stylist, Author, Editor
Bella Freud - Designer
Beth Colocci - Artist, Curator, Patron
Beverley Knight MBE - Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Bianca Jagger – Human Rights Activist
Caitlin Moran – Journalist and Writer
Cath Kidston MBE - Designer, Businesswoman, Author
Celia Walden - Journalist and Author
Chantal Joffe RA - Artist
Cherie Blair CBE QC - Barrister, Judge, CB Foundation for Women
Claudia Winkleman - TV Presenter
Cilla Snowball CBE - Chairman of AMV BBDO
Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE - Percussionist
Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE - Author & Children's Laureate
Danielle Lineker - Actress & Model
Diana Henry - Cook and Writer
Dianne Thompson CBE - CEO Camelot Plc
Elle Macpherson - Model, Presenter, Actress, Businesswoman
Emilia Fox - Actress
Emma Freud CBE – Actress, Writer, Producer, Dir of Red Nose Day
Empress Stah - Performer
Fiona Banner - Artist
Fiona Bruce - Journalist & Broadcaster
Fleur Bothwick OBE - Dir Diversity & Inclusive Leadership E&Y
Georgie Hopton - Artist
Genevieve Garner – Fashion Ed of Libertine, Model
Grace Saunders – Author
Helen McCrory - Actress
Hilary Stafford-Clark - Journalist
India Knight – Author, Journalist, Sunday Times weekly column
Indre Serpytyte - Artist

Jilly Cooper OBE, Novelist
Jo Wood – Founder Jo Wood Organics, Model, prev m. Ronnie Wood
Joanna Berryman – Interior Designer
Jodie Harsh - DJ and Drag Queen
Joe Corre - Founder Agent Provocateur
Kathryn Blair – Barrister
Kathryn Nawrockyi - Gender Equality Director Prince’s Trust
Kathy Lette - Author
Lara Bohinc – Designer
Laura Bailey – Model, Writer and Muse
Lisa Gunning - Film Editor, Director & Writer
Lisa Moran Parker – Film Producer
Lisa Unwin - Founder of She’s Back
Liz Gilmore - Dir Jerwood Hastings Art Museum
Lola Lennox – Musician
Lorraine Candy – Editor of Elle
Lucy McIntyre - Documentary Maker
Lucy Yeomans - former Ed of Harpers Bazaar now Net A Porter
Lynne Franks - PR Guru
Lynne Page - Choreographer
Marisa Drew - Banker
Marta Nowicka - Interior Architect
Nazy Vassegh - CEO Masterpiece
Nicole Farhi - Fashion Designer
Pat Cash - Tennis Player
Patti Boyd – Photog, 60s model, m. George Harrison & Eric Clapton
Pinky Lilani OBE - Entrepreneur & Speaker
Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield - Scientist & Broadcaster
Professor Parveen Kumar CBE - Leading figure world of medicine
Rabbi The Rt Hon The Baroness Neuberger DBE
Revd Dr Fiona Stewart-Darling - Bishops Chaplain in Docklands
Sadie Frost - Actress, Producer, Designer
Sally Williams - Public Art Consultant
Sam Taylor - Editor of The Lady
Sarah Doukas - Founder of Storm
Sarah Shotton – Creative Dir Agent Provocateur
Shami Chakrabarti – Dir Liberty (human rights), Broadcaster
Sir David Hare - Playwright and Screenwriter
Sir Peter Blake - Artist
Sue Crewe - Editor of House & Garden
Susan Daniels OBE - CEO of National Deaf Children’s Society
Susie Cave/Bick - Model, Actress, Designer
Synthia Griffin - Curator Tate Modern
Terry and Liz de Havilland - Shoe Designers
The Broken Hearts - DJs
Thomasina Miers - Cook, Writer, Presenter
Val Gooding CBE - CEO BUPA
Vanessa Branson - Art Patron
Victoria Miro - Gallerist