Strong, sculpture-like images, that are sharp and immediate.
Jacqui Grant is best known for her black and white portrait paintings and drawings of women that investigate how people like to present themselves. Jacqui say that, 'in these selfies obsessed times where people take hundreds of pictures, use filters and still aren’t happy with their results, keeping a positive self-image is hard. As women we are valued more for our youth and looks than anything else; we are bombarded with unrealistic and unattainable images of what we ‘should’ look like, which has a real impact on our mental health and sense of self.’
The influence of artists such as Marlene Dumas, Ken Currie, and Lucien Freud can be seen in Jacqui's portraits. Working mostly in black and white oil paint and graphite, and from her own photographs, she records women deep in thought, laughing and caught off guard.
Jacqui lives in Hertfordshire where she has her studio. She studied at St Martins School of Art in the 1980’s and spent several years working in exhibition design and window dressing. Her work is regularly on display in London, including at the Mall Galleries as part of exhibitions such as The Discerning Eye, The Society of Women Artists, and the exhibition 'Passion for Freedom'. She takes commissions and has work in a number of private collections.