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Jacqueline Alkema

Jacqueline Alkema

Jacqueline Alkema

Sea (E)scape

Sea (E)scape

Pastel on paper, 24x32cm, 2021.

The Shell

The Shell

Pastel on paper, 23x31cm, 2021.

See some of Jacqueline Alkema's work in public collections on the Art UK website.


Born Jacqueline Louise Maria Alkema in 1948 in The Netherlands. Though Dutch by birth, Jacqueline has been living and working in Cardiff and the Welsh Valleys since 1979. 


Her familiarity with Flemish and Dutch painting is clear in much of her work. The work is often dark and intimate, whether the figures are staring straight at you, or lost in their own dance, they are demanding a one to one relationship with you. They want  to communicate across the gap that keeps us all isolated, unknown. The female figure with at times awkward poses is a predominant feature in her work. Her paintings develop through experimentation and intuition but with an awareness and control of the media used. Themes of sexuality and domesticity, childhood memories and emotional experiences are recurring themes in her work.

Born: Kropswolde, The Netherlands.
Lives: Cardiff, Wales.



B.A Hons. Fine Art, Cardiff College of Art & Design.


Trustee W.A.A (Women's Arts Association Wales).


Member of The Welsh Group and Contemporary Art Society of Wales.


Recent exhibitions (For full C.V. see website):

Solo exhibitions:

2014, Proverbs and Portraits, Ffin y parc Llanwrst.
2011, My Mother's Sewing Box, ArcadeArt Cardiff.
2010, Recent Paintings, St David's Hall Cardiff.
2008, Women with a Past, National Waterfront Museum Swansea.

Group shows:

2020 R.W.A Bristol open exhibition (winner of an Academy award)
2020 Women and The Valleys, Cynon Valley Museum and Art Gallery 

2020, Concentric, TB-lounge, Capitol Centre, Cardiff 

2019 Crazy Multiply, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff 
2019 Crazy Multiply, Seol - Korea 
2019 M.A.D.E Summer Prize, Cardiff 
2019 Empower Me, G39, Cardiff 
2019 Habitat, W.A.A, LLanover Hall, Cardiff 
2019 Welsh Group, MoMA, Machynlleth (70th anniversary exhibition) 
2019, Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting, Redhouse Merthyr Tydfil

2019, Concentric at West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff 

2018, Vis a Vis, Oriel y Bont, South Glam. University
2017, Three Painters, Bay Art Gallery Cardiff

2016, Mixed Matter, Welsh Group, Taliesin Centre(Ceri Richards Gallery)Swansea
2016, Concentric, Jacobs Gallery, Cardiff  curated by Jacqueline Alkema
2015, MADE at the MUSEUM, MADE gallery, Cardiff
2015, Concentric, MADE gallery Cardiff  curated by Jacqueline Alkema

2014, Exchange Exhibition Welsh Group and ISEA;

San Pedro, California;
Art Central, Barry.
2014, Welsh Group Exchange exhibition with BBK Kunstforum, Dusseldorf;
Rhondda Heritage Museum;
Mid Wales Art Centre;
Gas Gallery,  Oriel Nwy, Aberystwyth.
2013, CASW,  Y Galeri, Caerphilly.
2013, Female Frame IV, Theatre Clwyd Mold.
2012, Monstrous Regimen of Women, Cynon Valley Museum and Art Gallery.
2011, Wunderland, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff.
2011, Female Frame III, Wales Millenium Centre Cardiff.
2011, Welsh Artist of the Year, Cardiff (highly commended).
2010, The Cement Garden, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff.
2010, Welsh Artist of the Year, Cardiff (highly commended).
2009, Overview, an exhibition of modern painting, Elysium Gallery, Swansea.
2009, Wood, Steel and Canvas(?), Tactile Bosch, Cardiff.

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