As an artist working at the junction of analog and digital media Rhys Himsworth's paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and multi-media installations attempt to form a discourse around issues of surveillance, authorship, the post-natural, and geopolitical. His work often utilises redundant electronics and e-waste as a material and medium. For the last decade, he has hacked, appropriated, shredded, and re-assembled various electronic and digital devices to create works and installations that blur the physical and discarnate; documenting a period in history that marks the transition from a temporal orientated experience of the world to an online one.
Himsworth received his BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2003 and his MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 2009. He has exhibited extensively in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia including at the National Museum of Wales, Kunsthalle Rostock, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond Virginia, Katara Art Center, Doha, The India Art Fair, New Delhi, CICA Museum, Seoul, BBA Gallery, Berlin and Galerie Pada, Lisbon.
He has taken part in residencies such as The International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Takt Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Pada, Lisbon, and The Arctic Circle Residency.
Himsworth has lectured and presented his work at numerous institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, The British Computer Society, London, Sungkyul University, Seoul, Sapienza University of Rome, Weill Cornell Qatar, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, The University of Derby and the University of São Paulo. From 2016-2018 he served on the board of the Southern Graphics Council, the largest printmaking organization in the US, where he served as the International Member at Large.
He was an Associate Professor and the Director of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University's campus in Doha, Qatar from 2011-2018. There, together with his colleagues, he founded the printmaking publishing program; Fanoon: Center For Printmedia Research. He has also overseen and coordinated the university's artist-in-residence program.
His work has been featured in Art in Print, Printeresting, The Guardian, and the Financial Times as well as books including Printmaking: a Guide to Tools and Techniques and Painting, Photography, and the Digital: Crossing the Borders of the Mediums.
In 2009 Himsworth was awarded the Conran Foundation Award. He also received the R.K Burt Award for Printmaking, The Land Securities Prize for Art, an Arts Council of Wales Grant, and is the successful recipient of several university faculty research grants including the Presidential Quest Award, as well as an Undergraduate Research Experience Grant to collaborate with undergraduate students from art, design, and medical backgrounds for interdisciplinary research. In 2012 he also received National Priorities Research Program Grant awarded by the Qatar National Research Fund. In 2020 and 2023 he received awards from Wales Arts International.
He currently lives and works in both Wales, UK, and Berlin, Germany, and is represented by BBA Gallery, Berlin.