Rachel Jones, Spliced Structure, 2019. Oil pastel, oil stick, acrylic on canvas

Rachel Jones is a painter who was born and raised in Whitechapel, London. She received her BA in Painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art (2013) and a MA in Painting at Royal Academy Schools, London (2019). Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art, the Royal Scottish Academy, and the Fleming Collection. She was artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in 2016 and won the Machin Foundation Painting Prize in 2018.

Jones has described her work as an “exegesis of color,“ particularly color as it is used to depict black bodies. In response to questions posed on the website Aqnb, the artist has written: “I feel like being connected and bound to others is the purpose of existence, and artistically I wanted to forge a space to address and meet those I belong to culturally, physically and spiritually, whilst inviting others to witness and partake in this action of self-preservation….I use these experiences to produce images that are familiar in the way they form echoes of the portrait, but also express a depiction of blackness that is missing from history, and reminiscent of what I experience day to day.”


The Chinati Foundation's Artist in Residence program is generously supported by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Chinati Contemporary Council. Chinati is grateful for the generous financial support of our members and the support and in-kind contributions of the people of Marfa.