Phoebe Middleton grew up in the Southern Highlands before moving to Adelaide in 1988 to attend the Underdale Campus of the University of South Australia where she completed a Bachelor of Design, majoring in illustration, printmaking and design. Art School was followed by four years at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The experience provided tremendous production and technical foundations for a career creating and art directing original animated concepts and shorts for a global audience. Her work received awards for design in Australia, New Zealand, United States and Asia.
Phoebe moved to Hobart in 2008 with a determination to focus again on the tangible and enduring process of printmaking. Strong graphic patterns, lines and character poses are dominant characteristics of Phoebe’s printed work, reminiscent of her animation styling. The graphic qualities of linocuts and screen prints provide perfect media for the transition from animation to print. Layering tone and textures provide depth and complexity.
In 2012 Phoebe’s linocut 'Silver Rabbits of Betsy Island' was acquired at the Silk Cut Awards for the National Gallery Collection of Australia. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney, stimulating growing interest from collectors within Australia and overseas.
Phoebe returned to the Southern Highlands in 2013 to be close with family again and is looking forward to creating and exhibiting as a member of Southern Highland Printmakers.