Rachel Jones, artist, in conversation with Erin Jenoa Gilbert, independent curator and art adviser
Yale Center for British Art
8 April 2022, 12–1 pm Eastern Time
Artists in Conversation brings together curators and artists to discuss various artistic practices and insights into their work.
About Rachel Jones
Born in 1991, Jones is a British artist who works primarily in painting, installation, sound, and performance. She received her BA in fine art from Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and her MA in fine art at the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2019. Jones explores a sense of self as a visual, visceral experience. In her paintings she grapples with the challenges of finding visual means to convey abstract, existential concepts. The figures in her work are notably abstracted and Jones uses bold color, competing forms, and an interplay of textures to communicate her ideas to viewers, who bring their own experiences and cultural backgrounds to the interpretation of her works. This sense of community and shared history comes to the fore in her installations and performances, in which imagery, sound, and music coalesce in a celebration of Black culture.
Jones’s work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom at institutions such as the Royal Scottish Academy and in a group exhibition in 2019 at the New Art Centre, Salisbury, alongside the works of sculptor Nao Matsunaga and the late Gillian Ayres. She also exhibited in the exhibition Mixing It Up: Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery, London (2021), and will have a solo exhibition at the Chisenhale Gallery, London, in 2022. Jones was an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, in 2019, and the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in 2016. She lives and works in London.
This program is presented through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.
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