Jessica Hargreaves grew up in London England. She has a BA in French language and literature from Liverpool University as well as a BA in Fashion and Textile Design from Central Saint Martins School of Art in London. After graduating from CSM, Hargreaves worked in fashion and illustration for companies including J Crew, Liz Claiborne, TBWA, Grey and The Martin Agency. In 2006 Hargreaves graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in fine art. She now lives and works in New York City.
In my paintings I use the figure to represent certain emotional states. By employing allegory I shift the focus beyond any one particular person and towards a more universal situation. I am not really concerned with painting an observed reality. The cinema and its narrative devices are more significant to me. Sometimes I paint a similar image or scene over and over, changing colors, angles and gestures. Formal issues and how they too affect the perception and emotional resonance of an image are also important in my work.