MATT JONES (1980—), lives and works in New York City.
Statment and Bio
Citing the mythical—medieval illumination and dream visions, rococo art, open world gaming, folklore—and the local—old growth forests, the impacts of climate change and the pandemic, a longing for friends and family, drug and alcohol addiction—Matt Jones (b. 1980, Rochester, NY) engages idea-feelings of intimacy, community, and storytelling, through a world he’s been building with very specific vocabularies of line and color in his paintings, drawings, and watercolors.
Jones has had one or two person shows at Galerie Jerome Pauchant (Paris), Freight + Volume Gallery (New York), Horton Gallery (Berlin), Castor Gallery (New York), The Richard Massey Foundation (New York), Bleecker Street Art Club (New York), and Buia Gallery (New York). He has participated in NADA Miami (The Hole, New York), Spring Break Art Fair (Old School, Brooklyn), Miami Project (Driscoll Babcock, New York) and a solo presentation at Art Brussels (Bodson Gallery, Brussels). His work has been displayed in group shows at Robert Miller (New York), Soy Capitan (Berline), Anonymous (Mexico City), Driscoll Babcock Gallery (New York), ADA Gallery (Richmond, VA), Dorfman Projects (New York), Tibet House (New York), The Varsity (Brooklyn), Galleri Geo (Bergan, Norway), Grey East (East Hampton, NY), The Artbridge Drawing Room (New York), Gildar Gallery (Beverly Hills, CA), Fiebach Minninger (Cologne), Exit Art (New York), and The Hole (New York). He has done performances with Anonymous (Mexico City), Artist Space (New York), and Creative Time (New York).
Matt Jones attended the Yale University School of Art—Norfolk on an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Grant (2001), received a BFA from Cooper Union (2002), and recently completed an MFA at Hunter College (2021). In 2007 he founded Puppy American, a small independent press which publishes artist books, zines, poetry, and organizes exhibitions, focusing on collaboration. He lives and works with his beautiful family in New York City.
Cooper Union. (1998-2002, BFA)
Yale University School of Art—Norfolk. Ellen Battell Stoeckel Grant. (2001)
Hunter College. (2017-2020, MFA)
Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
Time Walk. Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris. (September—October)
Passion as Model for Patience, Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris. Intervention. (Oct 15—Dec 17)
Ancestral Recall, Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris. Catalog. (April 17—June 6)
A horrendous assembly, clawing and jerking, all mashed tightly into specks that rest upon the seeing orb, eventually layering as a pearl does into kingdoms of permanent escape, Castor Gallery, New York. With Eric Wiley. (May 7—21)
Geister, The Richard Massey Foundation, New York. (Feb 3—Mar 3)
Solo Booth, Bodson Gallery, Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium. (Apr 25–27)
Super Smash Brothers, Creative Time, New York. Performance. With Kadar Brock. (Nov 21)
Planetary, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York. (Jul 24—Aug 31)
Evil Dead 2, Horton Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Catalog. With Kadar Brock. (Feb 24—Mar 30)
The Dinner Party, Anonymous Gallery, New York. Performance. (Summer)
Multiverse, Freight + Volume, New York, NY. (Mar 31—May 3)
Selected Group Exhibitions
The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld. Soy Capitan. Berlin.
Shushan's Hands. Tappeto Volante/Studio Archive Project. New York (online).
A Gathering. The Catskills. New York.
The Catskills Presents: Heavy Show. Spring Break Art Show. New York. Curated by Leonard Reibstein.
Chromatic Vigils / Low Tides. Upstate Art Weekend. Hudson Opera House. Hudson, New York. Curated by The Sphinx Northeast
Visions of Kindness. Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Moscow, Russia.
2 Gathering. Studio E. Seattle, WA.
Known Unknowns. Studio Archive Project. Online. Curated by mepaintsme.
Assemblage: The MFA Show, The Olympia Project, New York
Purple, Underdonk, Brooklyn, New York
Living Room, Galerie Jerome Pauchant, Paris
Leyline of Abundance, Puppy American, Bronx, New York
Trust Fall, Hunter MFA Online Viewing Room
Gravity Spell, Hunter MFA Thesis exhibition, Hudson Street Gallery, New York
NYPL2020, P.A.D. Gallery, New York, NY
Eat Bloody Pussy: A Community Garden, curated by Fitch ball, Essex Flowers, New York (performance)
Age Before Beauty, Wallspace, Brooklyn. (May 24)
No Rules, Mana Contemporary Glass Gallery, (June)
Hard Hunting, Hunter College, New York. (Spring 2017)
Geo Necro, ADA Gallery, Richmond, Virginia. (May 6—Jun 11)
Polychrome, Driscoll Babcock Gallery, New York. (Jan 7—Mar 5)
Between You and Me, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington. (Feb 27—Mar 26)
Art—Les Bains in 2015, Les Bains, Paris. Curated by Jérôme Pauchant
18 Percent, Castor Gallery, New York. (Feb 5—20)
Sha Boogie Bop, Anonymous Gallery, New York. (Oct 29—Nov 5)
Cirrus, Dorfman Projects, New York. (Nov 6—Dec 6)
Mandala: Locus of Thought, Tibet House, New York. (Jan 9—Mar 3)
New/Idols, The Varsity, Brooklyn. (Sep 5—Oct 5)
NY/NO, Galleri Geo, Bergen, Norway. (Apr 25—May 25)
Post-Psychedelic Dreams, Grey East, East Hampton, NY. (Jun 20—Jul 20)
Driscoll Babcock, Miami Project, Miami;
Suddenness & Certainly, Robert Miller Gallery, New York. Curated by Robert Greene
Pulse Art Fair, Driscoll Babcock, Miami. (Dec 3—8)
Sweat Baby Sweat, Gildar Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA. (Apr 19—May 24); Magic Kingdom, Old School, Spring Break, New York. (Mar 7—10)
The Example, Bleecker Street Art Club, New York. (Spring)
About Space, The ArtBridge Drawing Room, New York. (Jan 10—Apr 11)
Painted Perfect, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico. (Feb 7—Mar 30)
Synthesis, Bottleneck Gallery, Brooklyn. (Dec 13—Jan 13, 2014);
News from Chicago and New York, Fiebach Minninger, Cologne. Organized by Henning Strassburger. (Winter)
Portrait of a Generation, The Hole, New York. (Jun 7—Aug 10)
Powerplay - A Radical Sculpture Park, Hayground, Bridgehampton, NY (Jul 14—Aug 24)
The Usual Suspects, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn. (Summer)
Cosmic Architecture, Artists Wanted, Long Island City, New York. (Summer)
The Final Frontier, The Atlantic Conference, Brooklyn. (Apr 21—May 21)
casas de empeño, Anonymous Gallery, New York & Mexico City. (Feb 9—March 31)
2011 ..., The Hole, New York. (Dec 16, 2011—Feb 4, 2012)
Between Two Friends, Varet Space, Brooklyn. (June 2-5)
NADA, The Hole, Miami, FL (Dec 1—4)
Control Alt Delete, HKJB, Brooklyn, NY. (May 27)
Outer Space, Exit Art, New York, NY (May 18)
Lever House Art Collection, New York; Phillip Schrager Collection Omaha, NE.
Riley, Benjamin. In the Spotlight: A Conversation with Matt Jones. The Envoy. Interview.
Nirenberg, Michael. Conversation With Painter Matt Jones. Huffington Post. Interview
Cox, Steven. Hunted Projects. Matt Jones. Interview
Moustache Magazine. Matt Jones: The Gaming Painter. Interview
Zimmer, Lori. Art Nerd. New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week.
A Perimiter. Issue One. Summer 2014. Portfolio
Savdie, Ilana. Tucked In / Art Crush. Interview
Leading Culture Destinations. Matt Jones. Interview
Aspen, Aurora. Purple Diary. A Visit to Matt Jones's Studio
Bowen, Effie. Interview Magazine."The Drawing Room is Off the Wall"
Ross, Cody. Contra. System Overload - Artist Matt Jones
Martinez, Jamie. Art Fuse. Synthesis at Bottleneck Gallery.
Thomas, BreakThru Radio. Art Uncovered: Matt Jones
Harrison, Helen, Sag Harbor Express. Eye on Art - The Power of Sculpture. July 25
Ulrich, Jorge, NY Arts Magazine, 30 Artists to Watch
Sutphin, Eric. Beard and Brush. Noted: Seeing Stars - The Atlantic Conference Presents: The Final Frontier
Fitzgerald, Ali. Daily Serving. Evil Dead 2 at Horton Gallery Berlin
Calandra, Maria. Pencil in the Studio. Matt Jones
Atkins, Devin Elise. Berline Art Link. EVIL DEAD 2: Matt Jones and Kadar Brock at Horton Gallery
Simkover, Rachel. Pigs (Berlin). Evil Dead 2 @ Horton Gallery
Taylor, Leah. Flavor Pill. Meditating in Space;
Bernstein, Julia. Purple Diary. Matt Jones at the Hole
Finch, Charlie. Art Net. Drink Your Lola Cola;
Ross, Cody. i-D. Party in the city where the heat is on" & "Welcome to Miami Part II
Russeth, Andrew. 16 Miles of String. "Control Alt Delete": A One-Night HKJB Show in Bushwick
Sutphin, Eric. Beard and Brush. Review: Matt Jones Multiverse at Freight + Volume
Sutphin, Eric. Artcritical. Punk Rock Nirvana: Matt Jones' Multiverse
Locascio, Monica. Paper Magazine. Word Up! Last Call Gallery Hop!
Nalley, JD. Leaves of Glass. Multiverse: In the Plywood Forest of Matt Jones
Dicker, Geoffrey. According2g. "Matt Jones: Multiverse"
Visiting Artist and Talks
Artist Talk—Drawing During the Pandemic, Professor Mark Thomas Gibson, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA.
Artist Talk—Drawing During the Pandemic, Professor Laura Frantz, Hunter College, New York, NY.
Studio Visit—ISCP Young Patrons, New York, NY.
Artist Talk, Matt Jones—Abstraction, Professor Anna Kell, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.
Artist Talk and Studio Visits—Professor Mark Thomas Gibson, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY.
Matt Jones in conversation with Lucianne Walkowicz, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York. (Aug 14)