My work is primarily drawing and printmaking. Inspired by the early natural history painters and 18th century voyages of exploration, my artwork explores traditional techniques in a contemporary context. Raising issues of dislocation and re-interpretation of objects in museums, I follow the narratives and life-histories of artefacts, represented through my etchings, monoprints and collages. I have recently perfected a technique for printing directly onto feathers, and I recreate these into feather art-works inspired by the feather-work of the South Pacific.
After studying at the Royal College of Art and gaining her PhD in Natural History Illustration, Rebecca has been working as Artist in Residence at the British Museum. She also has a Visiting Research Fellowship in the Printmaking Department of London Metropolitan University. Rebecca lived in Papua New Guinea in 1982 and visited the Solomon Islands in 2009 and her work is much inspired by the feather-work of the South Pacific.
Rebecca is represented by the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work is held in the national collections of the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Library and the National Trust.
Rebecca Jewell's work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2013 and 2014. Her work was also shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition in 2013. Jewell has recently completed a commission for the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology which will be on display in September 2014. She will also be having a solo show in New York in December 2014 at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.