Jacqui Grant makes portraits to show that 'every woman is beautiful'. Her work is about about women and ageing, and how, as women get older, they may become less visible to society and treated as less worthy, despite the fact that many women become more confident and self-assured.
Jacqui references an age of glamour and romance and her strong, sculpture-like images, which are sharp and immediate, show confident, self-assured woman, who know who they are.
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, pulling faces and laughing.
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 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 also has work in a number of private collections.
Exhibited at ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, November 2018
Exhibited at Reality Check exhibition at White Conduit Projects, November 2018
Exhibited at Atramental's show (In)visible at the Espacio Gallery, October 2018
Exhibited at Degrees of Freedoms Event ‘Friends of Interpretable Spaces’ at St Augustine Tower, Hackney, October 2018
Exhibited at #pengtings Exhibition Espacio Gallery, March 2018
The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, November 2017
Degrees of Freedom, Republic of Brexitopia Event, at the Espacio Gallery, September 2017
Insight School of Art Gallery, July 2017
Arising project at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland, in collaboration with Yoko Ono February 2017
The Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, August 2016
#studiofridays exhibition at Insight School of Art Gallery April 2016
NLAN annual group show, The Strand Gallery, November 2015
Passion for Freedom Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, October 2015
Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley - February 2015
Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall - October 2014
North London Artist Network Group Show, Camden Image Gallery - October 2014
The Tap Room, Islington N1 - August to September 2014
Stephens House - June 2014
Pentland Brands PLC - May 2014
Insight School of Art Gallery - January 2014