Artist Jacqueline Lillie was born in 1941 in Marseilles, France and currently lives and works in Vienna. She studied metalwork under Professor Hagenauer at the Academy of Applied Arts, Vienna. Since the early 1980’s she has exhibited internationally, given lectures around the world about her work and influenced generations of young artists with her refined and articulate work. Most recently her pieces were included in the Donna Schneier Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Jewellery 1970-2015 – the Bollmann Collection at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna and A Fine possession: Jewellery and Identity at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Selected Public Collections

Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York, USA
Asenbaum Collection, Vienna
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
Württemberg State Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA
Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna, Austria
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Donna Schneier Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, USA


2014 Jacqueline Lillie | solo exhibition

Artist Statement

First and foremost, every piece has to meet certain aesthetic requirements. Each piece has to stand up to the rigours of a working environment. In addition to form and function, I also insist on flexibility. In this way, I have developed my own F³ formula. Admittedly, form often follows function. For me, however, form and function are on an equal footing, complemented by flexibility. Flexibility is essential because all good jewellery should adapt to the wearer and be an extension of that person’s character. Jewellery is no longer an expression of status. It is a reflection of one’s attitudes towards life and one’s surroundings. The ultimate test with any piece of art is the impact that the piece has on the person looking at it, or in my case on the person wearing it. My work is very much a labour of love in which I have tried to meet the client’s urge for self adornment and satisfy my own desire for poetry and elegance.