Rachel Jones

A Sliced Tooth

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Year 2021
Medium Oil pastel and oil stick on paper
Dimensions 13.5 x 19 cm
Nominated by Jonathan Sharples

About the work

In recent works, Jones uses the abstracted forms of mouths and teeth to indicate a symbolic and literal entry point to the interior and the self. These oral forms emerge and recede from view, suggesting a vivid inner landscape.

About the artist:

Born 1991 UK, Rachel Jones lives and works in the UK. Graduated from MA at the Royal Academy Schools, London (2019).

Jones has developed a deeply personal approach to abstraction, centred around an exploration of her own identity in relation to society’s readings of the black body throughout history. Jones’s paintings are informed by her research into the depiction of black figures in the arts from the eighteenth century to the present – how they are understood and culturally reproduced, and the potential role of these representations in dismantling existing power structures. The figure is notably abstracted in her works, as the artist is interested in ‘using motifs and colour as a way to communicate ideas about the interiority of black bodies and their lived experience’.

Her works are held in public and private collections including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Arts Council Collection; Pallant House Gallery; and Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

Selected solo exhibitions include A Sovereign Mouth, 12.26, Dallas (2020); Red Shaped Mouths, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa (2019); Mad Dogs, Jupiter Woods, London (2018); Grandmama Looking At Him, Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Project, Norfolk (2018); Rachel Jones: The Black In Their Face, Residence Gallery, London (2017); Sugar Cane Plantation, Folk, London (2014); and Noble Eagle/Wiley Fox, 48 Virginia Court, Glasgow (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Citizens of Memory, The Perimeter, London (2021); A Focus on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London (2020); Rachel Jones & Nicholas Pope, The Sunday Painter, London (2020); The Artist Dining Room | Faith Ringgold, Guest Projects, London (2019); Gillian Ayres, Rachel Jones, Nao Matsunaga, New Art Centre, Salisbury (2019); RA Schools Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019); Winter in America III, Mom’s Favorite Space, Los Angeles (2018); Breaking Shells, The Koppel Project, London (2018); New Scottish Artists, The Fleming Collection, London (2014); and RSA: New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2014).

Awards include Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac Hon RA Prize, Royal Academy Schools, London (2019); Machin Painting Prize, The Machin Arts Foundation, Stafford (2018); Hunt Medal for Poetic Creativity, The Steven Campbell Trust, Glasgow (2013); and 108 Fine Art Purchase Prize, 108 Fine Art, Harrowgate (2013). Residencies include Artist in Residence, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa (2019); and Artist in Residence, Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Paget (2016).

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