Rebecca Jewell is steeped in the material cultures of other civilizations. After doing extensive fieldwork in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, she read social anthropology at Cambridge University, before studying at the Royal College of Art, London and completing a Phd in Natural History Illustration.

 

She has since combined these twin interests in her artistic practice. Throughout 2005-6 she was 'Leverhulme Artist in Residence' at the British Museum, and she retains a close association with the museum and its collections.

 

A deep knowledge of the art of other cultures - and the way it relates to our own - informs Jewell's own elegant and allusive work. A highly-skilled printmaker, she makes etchings of significant images and artefacts, printing them on to such divers and unlikely media as luggage-labels (as used by museums for classification) and bird-feathers, and mounting them in suggestive combinations.

 

Rebecca Jewell's work is held in the national collections of the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the British Library and the National Trust (Chastleton House).

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Looming of Owls, 2014, hand printed feathers, 30 3/4 x 31 1/8 in