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EVEN NATURE HAS ITS PRICE
Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – Saturday, October 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Opening Night Drinks Reception Friday 15th October from 7pm
This dynamic exhibition brings together two very experienced street artists, both who have the natural world and it’s fragile existence in mind. Independently they create beautiful oversized mural exterior pieces across the World, combining classical painting techniques with a poignant message. The Ben Oakley Gallery has drawn them in for a unique exhibition of studio pieces entitled
‘EVEN NATURE HAS ITS PRICE’.
Expect a beautiful range of delicate paintings and line drawings from both artists on Canvas, Paper and a variety of Framed Banknotes.
Both artists will be in attendance on the night and will be painting an exterior wall in Greenwich in the lead up to opening so keep em peeled.
There is a PDF available. [email protected]
JACQUELINE DE MONTAIGNE is an Anglo-Portuguese painter, mural and paste-up artist and is flying over for the show, her dramatic, nature infused figurative art can be found in international galleries and Europe’s prominent street art scene where her use of classical gilding techniques in an urban context, has become her signature.
Jacquelines work is introspective and autobiographical, where the artist uses secondary texts, images and the visual identity of her figures to explore our true nature versus imposed beliefs and societal meanings.
It was in the midst of lockdown, all my street artwork painting on walls was cancelled. I was lying on my back, listless as the days merged into each other without definition or routine. Jacqueline de Montaigne and I had taken part in a group show at the Ben Oakley Gallery but had never met. She proposed a two-person show after bumping into Stuart from the Inspiring City Blog who introduced my work to her whilst she was painting in Lisbon. The proposal gave me a purpose, something to work towards, producing small paintings on the themes of nature and its exploitation.
Painting endangered birds on banknotes is a perfect metaphor for the relationship between money and environmental destruction. From the felling of ancient forests to the insidious overuse of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, making money all the way without concern for the environmental costs to land, river and sea, nature is under threat as never before.
The paintings on old master prints look at what we consider sacred, and the possibilities for change in our conception of what is of most value in the world.
We are collaborating on an exterior wall in Greenwich in the week leading up to the exhibition which opens 7pm Friday 15th October 2021 @benoakleygallery
Please request a PDF if you’re interested.
We look forward to seeing on the night or throughout the show.
Many thanks Ben