Photo credit: Stuart Walker
JACQUELINE DE MONTAIGNE is a Portuguese painter, mural and pasteup artist whose dramatic, nature infused figurative art can be found in international galleries and the prominent international street art scene where her unique and exclusive 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 100 private and public large scale murals under her belt.
Jacquelines public art has been ranked 35 in the worlds top 100 murals by Street art Cities in January 2023, with her mural The Language of Flowers situated in Lisbon's Largo Hintze Ribeiro, this is also the first time a Portuguese woman has been listed in the worlds top 100.
Jacquelines work has a strong emphasis on storytelling through symbology where the cultural heritage of her artworks dynamic global locations are extensively explored as well as bringing awareness to local social issues and challenges.
Nature also has a strong presence throughout the artist's work, bringing an ethereal calm where the chosen fauna and flora each have site specific symbolic or historic representation with Floriography (the language of flowers) delicately intertwined.
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 manipulate her materials to create the effects and fluidity of watercolours - whilst 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.
Jacqueline de Montaigne's work is currently on show or available through:
Because art matters, Lisbon - Portugal
Ben Oakley Gallery, London - UK
UNITED STATES (exclusive for midwest)
Artist replete, Chicago - US (From December 2023)
Leofy, Zaragoza - Spain
Redbridge, 2023 - 2024, San Francisco & Lisbon
MURALS / PASTE - UPs 2023
Jacqueline will be creating murals/art installations independently commissioned or as part of a festival in the following countries in 2023.
Portugal - Lisbon, Carcavelos, São Brás de Alportel, Castelo de Vide, Marvão.
Spain - Xabia
Germany - Weisse
Guiné Bissau - Bissau
USA - San Francisco
Romania - Bacau
Italy - Naples
UK - Carlisle
Cape Verde - Porto Novo
WHAT EVER, Ben Oakley gallery, December, London - UK
RISE, Because Art Matters, December, 8 Marvila, Lisbon - Portugal
Close shave group show, The Ben Oakley gallery, February 17th 2023, London - UK
Alphabet soup group show, The Ben Oakley gallery, July 2023, London - UK
Because Art Matters, CHOICE group show, March 2023, Lisbon - Portugal
Boom Festival, Group show BAM, July 2023, Vendas Novas, Portugal
Drawing Natalia Correia, Group show CML, September 13th, Lisbon - Portugal
Festival Borreal, Art on skateboards, 2023, Canary Islands - Tenrife
(still a secret), Because Art Matters, May 2024, Lisbon - Portugal