Painting on coins by Jacqueline Lou Skaggs
American designer Jacqueline Lou Skaggs came up to coins in a very creative way – she paints miniature pictures on them. She says that as a conceptual artist she is interested in the idea of the possibility of the use of money as a canvas. Painting on coins by Jacqueline Lou Skaggs is a time consuming art work. Some were drawn almost immediately, portraits require more time – the slightest inaccurate touch of brush could spoil the whole picture and the eyes or mouth turned into something shapeless. Before work every penny had to be carefully cleaned. To do this, Jacqueline used alcohol and for drawing she used the smallest brush.
First, the artist wanted to return the coins in circulation so that people could spend them and wonder at pictures on them, or put them back on the sidewalk, where she found them. But then the coins were too important for her and Jacqueline could not part with them. Jacqueline coins were exhibited in many galleries and even in banks. And now stored in her home in her personal collection.
Jacqueline Lou Skaggs has M.F.A. in Painting, graduated from John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is currently represented by SUGAR, Brooklyn.