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Reece Jones

Reece Jones Lives and works in London and was a founding member and co curator of Rockwell Project Space, North Hackney from 2002 – 2007.

The drawings are created through a process of drawing and erasure – the former representing the planned, cognitive part of the process and the latter that left to chance.  Most importantly, this process draws attention to the surface of the picture which is characterised by vertical lines – the sanding process is purely mechanical and does not bow to the niceties or otherwise of the image.  A battle for dominance is enacted, a push and pull between the material needs of the process and the unfolding narrative.
In the heavily worked black areas, details come in and out of focus but essentially add up to a scene to which we can relate. A dramatic happening, wrought through the exposed areas of the white paper, disrupts any slight suggestion of normality.  These ambiguous, hallucinatory events are hybrids of the man-made and natural – some resemble comets, others space craft, or moths.

From ‘River, Trees, Cloud, Sky. by Kate MacFarlane. ‘Nowhere is Here’ exhibition catalogue, 2008.


Royal Academy Schools 1999 – 2002
Loughborough School of Art & Design 1996-1999


Sessional Lecturer BA (Hons) Painting and MA Fine Art City & Guilds of London Art School. 

Visiting Lecturer at: Newcastle University Department of Fine art. University for the Creative Arts Farnham.Wimbledon College of Art.Loughborough University School of Art and Design.Royal College of Art, London

Curatorial Activity

Curator; The Hair Of The Dog, Block 336, Brixton, London, 2012.
Writer; Exhibition catalogue for Mitteland by Jonathan Wateridge, 2011.
Founder and co curator; Rockwell Project, Hackney, London, 2002 - 2007.

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Control Test, All Visual Arts, London
2011 Control Test, Triumph Gallery, Moscow
2008 Fatal Attempts at Re-Entry, Simon Dickinson, London
2006 Salon show for Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and Joe La Placa, London
2005 Andrew Mummery Gallery, London
2004 Protect and Survive, Rockwell, London

Group Shows

2012 Obsessive Compulsive Drawing, Stephane Simoens, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
2012 Cinema, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium
2011 Restless Nature, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall
2011 Polemically Small, Garboushian Gallery, Los Angeles
2011 Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, California, USA & Charlie Smith Gallery, London
2010 Vanitas; The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, All Visual Arts, London
2010 Papyrophilia, Charlie Smith Gallery London
2009 The Age of the Marvellous, All Visual Arts, London
2008 Night, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2008 Nowhere Is Here, Drawing Room London, Apex Portsmouth & Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin
2007 Nature and Society // Parallel Lines, Ethnographic Museum, Dubrovnik
2007 The Whiteness of the Whale, Transition Gallery, London
2006 Jerusalem, Dean Clough, Halifax
2005 Maji Yabai! (Fuckin' Brilliant!), Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
2005 NLKII, Wooster Projects, New York
2005 Faux Realism Part 1, Royal Academy Pumphouse, London
2005 NLK, Soho House, New York
2005 Remarkable, Andrew Mummery Gallery, London
2004 The Horizon of Expectation, Empire, London
2004 Independents, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
2004 1st Assembly, the Ragged School, London
2004 Sympathetic Nerve, Capsule, New York
2004 Ready Steady Go, 3 Colts Gallery, London
2003 Rockwell, Rockwell Project Space, London

Recent Bibliography

Big Drawing, Drawing as Performance. Elephant Magazine #10. Anna Ibarra and Marc Valli. Spring 2012.

Reece Jones, Control Test, Exhibition of the Week. Time Out London. Helen Sumpter. March 2012

Interview With Reece Jones. Culture Compass. Loma-Ann Marks. March 2012

Reece Jones in Conversation With Jonathan Wateridge. Jonathan Wateridge, Mitteland. Exhibition Catalogue. 2011

Reece Jones at Triumph Gallery. Dazed Digital. Zoe Dickens. June 2011

Reece Jones, Control Test. Exhibition Catalogue. Triumph Gallery, Moscow. 2011

Vanitas, The Transience of Earthly Pleasures. Exhibition Catalogue. All Visual Arts. 2010

The Age of The Marvellous. Exhibition Catalogue. All Visual Arts. 2009

Nowhere is Here. Exhibition Catalogue. The Drawing Room. 2008

Night. Exhibition Catalogue. Royal West of England Academy. 2008

In The Studio. Time Out London. Helen Sumpter. March 2008

Nature and Society // Parallel Lines. Exhibition Catalogue. Ethnographic Museum, Dubrovnik. 2007

Reece Jones. The Guardian. Jessica Lack. August 2004

Reece Jones Protect and Survive. Time Out London. Sarah Kent. Issue 1771. 2004

Born Cry Eat Shit Fuck Die. Miser and Now Magazine. Reece Jones. April 2004.

Friends in High Places. Art Review. Jessica Lack. July 2003.