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. She later received a PhD in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art (2004) and was awarded a studio residency at the Florence Trust (2005-6). Throughout 2005-6 she was 'Leverhulme Artist in Residence' at the British Museum and is now Artist-in-Residence in the Oceania section of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas of the British Museum.


She has recently taken up a residency at the American Museum of Natural History. Jewell has exhibited globally. Her work has been selected for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition, the Waterhouse Natural History Prize and the National Open Art Competition. In 2013 and 2014 she was invited to participate in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Her work was included in 'Woman Artists: Images of Nature', at the Natural History Museum, London (2014). Jewell's work is held in the collections of the Natural History Museum, London, the British Museum the British Library and the National Trust (Chastleton House). She was recently commissioned to make a piece for the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.


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.