Matt Jones (b 1980) lives and works in New York. He received a BFA from Cooper Union (2002), attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Painting (2001), and is an MFA candidate at Hunter College (2019). Jones is the recipient of the Kossak Travel Grant (2018) and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Grant (2001). He has lived and worked in Paris for four consecutive summers thanks to the generosity and support of Galerie Jerome Pauchant, M. and Mme. Perchet, and Fabrice Hyber.
Jones has previously exhibited work based on his research of theoretical physics, many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics (Planetary and Ghosts), meditation (Innerspace), art history (Ghosts and Enchantments), the everyday (Enchantments), virtual worlds (Enchantments and Planetary), and material-based abstraction (Ghosts, Innerspace, and Planetary). Currently, Jones is interested in studying Rococo painting (GB Tiepolo, Fragonard, Watteau, and Boucher specifically) as he sees historical, cultural, economic, and political links between the 18th century and present day. In his current work, Jones weaves Rococo imagery, atmospheres, and metaphors into images from contemporary life including stills from fantasy role playing games, and snapshots of important people in his life, with particular attention paid to nature and trees.
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), 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).
Lives and works in New York City.
Cooper Union. (1998-2002, BFA)
Yale University School of Art—Norfolk. Ellen Battell Stoeckel Grant. (2001)
Hunter College. (2017-2019, MFA)
Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
Time Walk, Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris. (Forthcoming, September 2018)
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
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)
..., 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.
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.
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, 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)