Phoebe Boswell

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Phoebe Boswell
Born Phoebe Wanjiru Boswell
(1982-01-02) 2 January 1982 (age 35)
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation Artist / Film maker

Phoebe Boswell (born 2 January 1982), is an artist and film maker based in London, UK.

Early life[edit]

Phoebe Boswell was born in Nairobi, the daughter of Timothy, a pilot, and Joyce, a teacher. They moved to Oman when she was two years old, and then Bahrain three years later. She studied for her GCSEs at St. Christopher's School in Isa Town, Bahrain. She was then offered an Arts Scholarship at Hurtwood House where she studied English, Art and Theatre Studies.

After her A-Levels, Phoebe moved to London to do an Arts Foundation course at Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London and was subsequently accepted to the Fine Arts degree at the Slade School of Art at the University of London. She then worked as an artist in London and Bahrain, before returning to Central St. Martins where she received a Post-Graduate Diploma with Distinction in Animation.


After finishing her degree at the Slade, Phoebe moved back to Bahrain to make sense of her expatriate childhood. She drew 60 portraits of people in Bahrain, and recorded their conversations which were then published in a coffee table book, Bahrainona, which was launched at the National Museum in Bahrain. She also co-founded the arts society, Elham.

On returning to London, Phoebe continued with artistic commissions and studied animation. Her graduate film The Girl With Stories in Her Hair was nominated for a number of awards, including Best Film at the British Animation Awards Public Choice, Best Student film at the Bradford Animation Festival, and Best Animation in Rushes Soho Shorts.

She has since worked with renowned animation studios honing her technique within the medium while independently developing her own practice.

In May 2011, Phoebe appeared twice in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition - as artist (for her portrait of 'Wanjiru') and subject (in a rather large and magnificent portrait of her by James Lloyd).


  • The Pendle Witch Child, BBC4, presented by Simon Armitage, directed by Ros Ereira, animated by Phoebe Boswell. (2011)
  • Sorry To Hear You Impaled Yourself on the Roof of Edinburgh College of Art commissioned and produced by 12foot6, directed and animated by Phoebe Boswell, story told by Andrew Morgan. (2010)
  • The Girl With Stories In Her Hair, commissioned by the National Gallery, produced by Central St Martins College of Art, written, directed, performed and animated by Phoebe Boswell, music composed by Andres Franco Medina-Mora. (2009)
  • Bunty, written, directed, and animated by Phoebe Boswell(2009)


Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Smile for London, animation collaboration with Kate Tempest on the London Underground


  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries


  • Curiouser and Curiouser, curated by Rita Parente, Old Vic Tunnels {}


  • Moot, C4RD, Centre For Recent Drawing, London [}
  • Kunskog, curated by Stuart Pearson Wright, Five Hundred Dollars Gallery, London {}


  • Imagining Ourselves, International Museum of Women, LA


  • Bright Young Things, The Marquee Club, London
  • Inspired Art Fair, The Bridge, London
  • Young Collectors Party - Exhibit 05, Bonhams Bond Street, London
  • Never Ever Land, The Residence, London
  • Make It or Break It, The Residence, London
  • Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy, London
  • Slade Summer Show, University College, London


  • TEN, Adhoc Gallery, London
  • Paint London, Candid Arts Trust, London


  • Studio/Show, Hunter Studios, New York

Solo Exhibitions


  • REPRESENT, Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain
  • Bahrainona, Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain


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