Rebecca Swainston BA, MA

Rebecca is a painter and printmaker. Her work addresses the human condition in psychologically charged images. The figures are emotionally powerful and expressive and explore our relationship with the natural world as well as common objects. Rebecca is inspired by everyday experiences as well as ideas and beliefs from many cultures. Other themes include transformation, illness, misapprehension, memory and projection, ideas often carried by the presence of animals.
She uses sketchbooks extensively, combining watercolour and pen, exploiting her draughtsmanship to note and explore ideas. Her sketchbooks are fascinating visual working documents and her images spring from these.
Rebecca’s commitment and skill is evident in every layer of her work; the careful preparation of smooth gesso surfaces, her mastery of drawing and exuberant use of colour. Her images have immediate impact but reward repeated viewing as layers of detail and meaning reveal themselves.


You can discover more about Rebecca’s work in a fully illustrated 127 page book which includes annotation and foreword by the artist and and in-depth interview.

‘Rebecca Swainston Revealed and Concealed’; ISBN 978-1-913069-00-1, is available online from Waterstones or you can contact the artist by email.


1987 – 1988
MA – Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art

1984 – 1987
BA Hons: First Class – Fine Art Printmaking, Winchester School of Art

1983 – 1984
Foundation Certificate in Art and Design, Brighton University