Rebecca Swainston

Drawing and painting, Printmaking

My images examine the complex and ambiguous nature of human experience, it’s physiological and psychological impact and effect on our psyche. I look at the rituals, conventions and visual signs of our beliefs, social idiosyncrasies and the way we express them, consciously and unconsciously.

A personal iconography has developed over years of work and draws upon my own experiences in conjunction with a more universal cultural tradition. The lived experiences of those who find their stories reported in mass media and in the general narrative, but which hook into and effect each of our lives, combine in the layered narrative with remembered and daily life and become situated in the subconscious to manifest in the work. Environment, both natural and man-made, animals and objects all provide clues to the many layered narratives and show hidden aspects of ourselves. Themes recur as do items of clothing as a metaphor for protection aspiration and strength, what is projected and what is withheld.

The figures reveal an intimate examination of feelings, expressing both vulnerability and determined resistance. They draw us into the centre of an ongoing quest to unearth internal truths. The presence of multiple limbs, internal organs and traces of multiple angles, transparencies and the contrast of texture and colour all work to convey meaning.

I work primarily in acrylic and oils and print, often overlay mixed media. Surfaces are canvas and often carefully prepared gesso panels. My training in and use of printmaking techniques inspires the work while drawing, both observational and imagined, underpins everything. Ideas are worked through and explored in numerous sketchbooks before surfacing in the finished pieces.

Opening Dates and Times

Any time by appointment.
You are very welcome to come to my studio by appointment. Contact details are as above.
September 2021


The Studio 153 Long Lane
RG31 6YW
Long Lane is on the west side of Tilehurst and links Purley with Sulham. The studio is down a long-gravelled drive, opposite Barbara’s Meadow
Working studio