Phoebe Dingwall was born in Edinburgh in 1965. She was influenced from a young age by her parents who are both painters. Her father, Kenneth, spent time as Head of Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and as a Director at Cleveland Institute of Art in America. In 1983 Dingwall went to study Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, having spent the previous year studying at Aix en Provence, France. Graduating in 1986, she then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Arts to and received a Master of Arts degree in 1989. Dingwall then received a French government scholarship to study at the Ecole des Beaux-arts, Paris, France, where she received the Diplome des Beaux Arts in 1992.
Dingwall has completed Artist Residencies in in Finland, Italy, Pont Aven, Calais, St Omer and Denmark. She currently lives and works in Lille, France, and works closely with the arts council and the ‘Education National’. She has had several successful solo exhibitions with Curwen Gallery since her first in 1990.
"My paintings are based on fragments of architecture and vegatation taken from the place I find myself in. Some of the paintings were started in the summer in Yarrow, admist the countryside of Scotland, surrounded by plants and a very definite horizon delineated by the hills. The verticals of stalks, grasses and trees, the ovals and circles of the petals and leaves gave me the framework for colours and forms in my work. Moving back to Lille in France, these plants forms became bands of colour, uprights and grids, echoing the structures of the urban landscape. The work starts in sketchbook notations, of place, form, colour, snappits of conversations and light. I take photographs, which serve as ‘aide mémoire’ of a time and a place. All these information are gathered and made into large format paintings in my studio".