JACQUELINE DE MONTAIGNE is a rapidly emerging Anglo-Portuguese painter and muralist whose dramatic, nature infused figurative art can be found in international galleries and Portugal's pioneering street art scene.
Inspired by the androgyny movement of the last decade and old school scientific illustrations, Jacqueline's signature work is a mergence of the two where her portraits and subjects are used as a secondary canvas, scattered with delicate ornithological and botanical elements and a tonal tattoo like registry of drawings, confessional, and intermittent socio-political texts.
In a society obsessed with aesthetic perfection, superficial happiness and clear gender identity, Jacqueline consistently deconstructs these stereotypes in her work striving to provoke her viewer to see genderless beauty in harmony with our natural world.
The recurrence of blue hues in the artists work is a literal spin on melancholy and an ode to her use of art as a refuge during past trauma.
With diluted paint, she mimics and manipulates classical watercolour techniques on extremely diverse surfaces, transforming
traditional subjects with a predominantly monochromatic palette and the delicate addition of precious metals, be it a 300m2 street art mural, large canvas or a tiny scientific-grade painting.
Jacqueline has exhibited her work in national and international galleries in both solo and collective shows since the age of 14 with her first sellout show a year later and an invitation to do a short apprenticeship in Paula Rego's studio in London at the age of 19. With her art represented in both private and public international collections, Jacqueline's work has been shown in Eton, London, Cumbria, Lisbon, Porto, Tenerife, Madrid, Miami and in an international touring exhibition based in South Africa. Social initiatives and campaigns using Jacqueline’s work have been used in Belgium, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Although self taught, the artist had the privilege of growing up under the eye of her two artistic grandfathers, a botanical painter and a BAFTA winning art producer. Much of her childhood was spent in their studios, observing, learning, experimenting and creating .
Jacqueline has an academic-activist background in medical ethics and paediatrics, a subject she took 8 years out of the art world to pursue after the birth of her youngest son. Jacqueline returned to her art career full time in 2018.
Jacqueline currently lives in the coastal town of Cascais in Portugal where she maintains a full time studio practice.