Strong, sculpture-like images, that are sharp and immediate.
Jacqui Grant is best known for her black and white cinematic portrait paintings and drawings of women. She investigates how people like to present themselves 'in these selfies obsessed times' where 'people take hundreds of pictures, use filters and still aren’t happy with their results'.
Grant’s most recent work has come through accumulating generations of her own family’s photographs, including images of herself taken at various stages of her life. Whereas the sensitive and detailed pencil drawings made of her family members reveal love and affection, the drawings she makes of herself often show a more troubled relationship with her own self image. Her work, 'Boasting Book', references the concertina photo books her grandmas kept in their handbags, to 'show her off to their friends. It was the iphone of the times’.
The influence of artists such as Marlene Dumas, Ken Currie, and Lucien Freud can be seen in Grant's portraits. She lives in Hertfordshire where she also 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 Passion for Freedom. She takes commissions and has work in a number of private collections.