Phoebe Boswell

Born 1982 in Kenya
Lives and works in London


BA, Slade School of Art, London, 2005
Central St. Martins, London, 2008


Born in Nairobi to a Kikuyu mother and fourth generation British Kenyan father, and brought up as an expatriate in the Middle East, Boswell combines traditional draftswomanship and digital technology to create drawings, animations and installations. Boswell was nominated/shortlisted for the Art Foundation’s Animation Fellowship 2012, was the first recipient of the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, which she used to produce her immersive installation The Matter of Memory, which she first showed alongside John Akomfrah and Rashaad Newsome at Carroll / Fletcher Gallery, London in 2014. She participated in the Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art 2015 and the Biennial of Moving Images 2016 at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, and has exhibited at Art15, 1:54 London and New York, and galleries including Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, The Fine Art Society, and New Art Exchange. Dear Mr Shakespeare, her Guardian / British Council commissioned short film collaboration with filmmaker Shola Amoo (in which she wrote, performed, and animated) was nominated for Best International Short at Sundance 2017, she is currently one of the artists-in-residence at Somerset House Studios, and her solo show For Every Real Word Spoken opened recently at Tiwani Gallery, London. Boswell was the Special Prize Winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2017, and exhibited in Venice during Summer 2017. The artist has a forthcoming exhibition with Sapar Contemporary, New York in early 2018.



  • All That I AM

    All That I AM is an edition series organized by curator Larry Ossei-Mensah in collaboration with Art+Culture Projects that explores contemporary artists’ engagements with the complexities of cultural identity. The fourth installment of this series features Delphine Desane, February James, Tajh Rust, and Vaughn Spann, who all center the human condition and emotion in their work.