Jilaine Jones


Jilaine Jones


December 2015


Artist Statement:


Standing or walking in a forest. Weights: horizontal chunks of ground are sought after, depended on…almost like psychological anchors, fixed upon economically: there isn’t enough time to seize more. Far away must be eye level, not as far is hip level - 40 feet away, and close is at the calf. Our body parts engage with chunks of ground and fallen cylinders at points, for a kind of equivalency based on memory, longing, melancholia. What, overall, is dominant:  the moving through, the flux, the time; its path materializes between the centrifugal verticals, and as a whole fossilizes into a history of the experience. 




Jilaine Jones (Born 1959, London, England) studied primarily at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA from 1979 to 1983, and was then involved through the 80’s with a movement and community originating at St. Martins (London) about renewing physicality in sculpture.   Solo exhibitions include: New York Studio School in 2008; Salander-O’Reilly Galleries in 2001; Paul Mellon Art Center, Wallingford, CT in 1992. Group exhibitions include: “DeCordova Biennial”: DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA 2013-14; “Contemporary Sculpture”: Chesterwood, (outdoor sculpture park) Stockbridge, MA in 2011 and 2012. Jones received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2014, a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012, and a Connecticut Commission Fellowship for Sculpture in 1998. She is sculpture faculty at the New York Studio School, NYC.

Her central preoccupation is how structure can making parallels to our experience, physically and optically, as we move through levels of terrain and space, upwards or downwards in regard to gravity, and across depths.


Jilaine Jones

BORN 1959, London, England (Immigrated to US 1964)



2015 2015 2013-14 2011/13 2008 2005 2005 2001 1999 1993 1993 1987 1983

“Concrete and Shadows,” Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT “In and Of The Land,” Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
“The Space Between,” New York Studio School, NY

DeCordova Museum Biennial, Lincoln, MA

Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
New York Studio School, NY (one-person)

“Recent Modernist Sculpture,” Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
“The Continuous Mark, Four Decades,” New York Studio School, NY

Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY (one-person)

Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT (one-person) “Four Women,” Rebecca Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
“Curators Choice: Connecticut Invitational”. John Slade Ely House,
New Haven, CT

Art Triangle Barcelona. Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain “New Clay Talent,” Clayworks Gallery, New York, NY


2012,15,16 Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency, Cranberry Island, Maine 2006 Hampshire College, MA, Guest Artist

TEACHING 2002-current 2006-2017 1986-91

New York Studio School, NY
Western CT State University, Danbury, CT

Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

“Tangible Place,” NYSS Dumbo Studio, Brooklyn, NY, Curator Equality in Design, Yale School of Architecture, Guest Speaker Yale School of Architecture, Guest Critic

MacDowell Colony Fellow, Summer Residency, Peterborough, New Hampshire Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship

2005 Triangle Arts Association Residency, Brooklyn, New York
2004 Founder/Director: The Barge Project (sculpture/architecture)
1997 Fellowship Recipient for Sculpture, Connecticut Commission on the Arts 1987
Triangle Artist’s Workshop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain 1983 Triangle Artists Workshop, Pine Plains, New York

1979-83 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 1978-7 New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY


2013 2008



Chafee, Cathleen. “2013 deCordova Biennial,” deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Butler, Sharon. “Jilaine Jones, Sculpture,” The Brooklyn Rail, September issue
Naves, Mario. “Brownstone Building,”
The New York Observer. June 30

Rosenberg, Susan. “Body Conscious: New Sculpture by Jilaine Jones,” New York Studio School, (14 p. catalog)

Naves, Mario. “Sculpture Marketed as an Installation,” The New York Observer April 23

Grant, Daniel. An Artist’s Guide: Making it in New York City, Allsworth Press, New York, NY

Damsker, Matt. “’Container’ A Perfect Melting Pot,” Hartford Courant, May 17

Singer, Karen. “Granted: Area Artists Reap Rich Rewards from Connecticut Commission on the Arts,” New Haven Register, January 25

Raynor, Vivian. “Through Medium and Process 13 Artists Make Their Marks,” The New York Times, Feb 7

Wadsworth, Susan M. “New Work New Haven 1992,” Art New England, October/November Blanch, Teresa . “Art Triangle Barcelona,” Ajuntament de Barcelona, (190p. catalog)



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