Jacqueline de Montaigne
Jacqueline de Montaigne is an Anglo-Portuguese painter, mural and pasteup artist whose dramatic, nature infused figurative art can be found in international galleries and Europe's prominent street art scene, where her use of classical gilding techniques in an urban context, has become her signature.
De Montaigne is a self-taught artist with an academic background in medical ethics and health sciences who only decided to pursue her art career fully in 2018. Her work is now represented in both private and public international collections with over 70 private and public large scale murals under her belt as well as having her art used in social initiatives in Belgium, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Jacquelines work is introspective and autobiographical, where the artist uses secondary texts, images and the visual identity of her figures to explore our true nature versus imposed beliefs and societal expectations.
Nature also has a strong presence throughout the artist's work, bringing an ethereal calm where the chosen fauna and flora each have symbolic meanings where the language of flowers is extensively explored.
Watercolour is the artist's preferred medium which she fell in love with as a child, originally wanting to pursue scientific illustration.
Regardless of the surface she is working on, she always tries to manipulate her materials to create the effects and fluidity of watercolours - often encompassing and illuminating her subjects with precious metals whether a small scientific grade watercolour, a large canvas or a 400m/2 public street art mural on a weathered concrete wall. Her watercolour style of painting also leaves a reduced ecological footprint as the water based paint and pigment is diluted and layered the same way as watercolours are.
Jacqueline currently lives in Cascais, Portugal, where she maintains a full time studio practice.