My art is all about storytelling, with a strong link and inspiration to my passion for comics, graphic novels and animation.

An important theme in my work is human emotions; the choice between following your ego and following your heart, in short: celebrating humanness.

My fascination comes from my own journey in life. Having spend a long time of my teenage years and young adult life struggling with depression and not wanting to go down the medical route, I learned a lot about myself. My darkness and my lightness. My own humanness. I had to carve out my own way, try ways of thinking out and “falling off the wagon” more often than not. But al that has become the rich soil from which I can create. Still learning, but from a completely different angle and being able to see my experience with depressions as the gift in my life which brought me to back to my heart.


Elsbeth van der Poel
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Current location London, UK
http://www.StudioElsbeth.com http://www.WorryBoy.com



Bachelor in Fine Arts – 1996 – 2000 St. Joost Art School – Breda, The Netherlands



exhibitions & performances

March 2018 – Insight Group Exhibition

Astley Gallery, Chorley

February 2018 – SELFIE Group Exhibition

Candid Arts Trust, Angel, London, UK

June 2017 – E17 Art Trail E17, UK


June 2016 – WorryBoy – A Visual Story Solo-Exhibition

The Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London, UK

January 2015 – 15115 Solo-Exhibition

Studio Elsbeth, Stamford Hill, London, UK

June 2014 – performance


Performance with animation

“Flash The Sea”

Horsley – Main Hall, UK

April 2014 – Diorama Series Mitsui Sumitomo, London UK


20-30 June 2002 – Breda 750 years Local Shop (exhibition, performance & animation) Valkenberg Park, Breda, The Netherlands



2001 – Local Shop @ Central Station


Central Station Breda, The Netherlands



July 2000 – Graduation Exhibition NBKS Breda, The Netherlands


publications & prizes:

February 2018 – Dutch SnailGirl


April 2017 – Interview

Wotisart? Magazine #11


Art Reveal – magazine

ISBN: 978-1-36-420840-0

2017 – Wapperkids –“Tim Zoekt Een Walvis” Oosterhout (NL) Children’s Picture Book

Illustrated and designed


2016 – Let’s Be Free Festival Exhibition London UK – First prize – Bear With Me


2015 – Starry Nights “Artists to Look out For” New Mexico (USA) – page 89

ISBN: 978-1-329-71514-1

2005 – 2016 – Wapperkids books DVDs, posters Utrecht (NL) sign language illustrations


2012 – Sketchbook Project NYC (USA) – Tim Smith (Cardiacs)


2009 – Bagazine #3 Pasadena (USA) – Lay Down Your Hair


2007 – Sound Of Drowning – Music Special London (UK) – spread “The Monsoon Bassoon”


2004 – 2006 – No18 Small Press #1, #2 Edinburgh & London (UK) – editor & contributing artist


2001 – 2002 – Raaf art publications Breda  (NL) – contributing artist


1999 – 2003 – Local Shop Small Press #1 to #8 Breda (NL) – editor & contributing artist



2016-2018 – WorryBoy School ProgramCreator and facilitator Yr 5 or Yr 6 of primary schools dive into WorryBoy’s story and learn more about themselves, about looking after their mental health, knowing their own worries, but also their own wisdom and creating some awesome art in the process!
2015 – Art Club After school club for Year 1 and Year 2 (5-7yrs)

–       Creating a fantastical newspaper

–       Designing shadow puppets

2013 – Comic Club After school club KS2 (7-11yrs)

–       Design your own superhero

–       Create comic zine

2011 – 2012 – 5x5x5 – one of the 2 artists involved Art Project with Nursery (3-4yrs) & Reception Children (4-5yrs) Being free to create what they want, letting their imagination go wild. Working together and finding creative solutions in a playful way.


2010 – Brown Bear film directing and editing Film Project with group of primary school children with Complex Needs. Apart from acting, singing and signing they were also involved in creating the props and costumes.



Instagram: @StudioElsbeth

Twitter: @StudioElsbeth

YouTube: Studio Elsbeth

WorryBoy: www.WorryBoy.com

email: WorryBoyMail@gmail.com



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