Stuart Jones Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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I am a British artist working out of a studio in Hertfordshire, near to London. I have been practising as an artist for 20 years. I incorporate traditional and contemporary artistic techniques to create an altered sense of reality. I explore the complex relationship between human life and the natural environment, portraying a world that is dramatic and beautiful, as well as constantly changing.

As an artist I am interested in the environment and the way we view it and experience it. My work has always been inspired by the urban and rural environment and ideas of utopia, dystopia and the sublime. I use drawing and painting to create work exploring reality within environments and our relationship with it. I am intrigued by places and spaces that exist within our lives and this has been informed by recent climate change events and natural disasters such as flooding in Britain and Taiwan, the earthquakes of Nepal and volcanic activity in Antarctica. I use drawing and painting to capture these, layering them to create meaning in the image through relationships and connections to other places/ landscapes. I use a wide range of contemporary and traditional painting and drawing media from oil paint and mediums to household paint and spray paint, working the paint surface of the canvas or board flat on the floor or traditionally on the wall or easel. My work explores our relationships and connections with the environment and how this is consistently in flux.

Artwork

Erebus

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

The painting I have created is a response to Mount Erebus in Antarctica, one of the largest active volcanoes on earth. It is renowned for its persistently active lava lake, which is sited in the summit crater. I have responded to infra-red video footage of the active lava lake eruptions, emulating the energy of the eruptive process, the heat and layers of steam, volcanic gases and aerosol emissions from the volcano. I have used stains of oil paint direct onto the canvas flat on the ground to create a broken surface that is in flux, flicking, throwing and pouring the paint to emulate the magma explosions and using layers of spray paint and glazes of oil paint. I am interested in the environmental, climatic and human impacts of the landscape. How we are out of touch with the environment we live in, experiencing it through a screen. We are increasingly disconnected from our environment due to technological advancement.

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East

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

A response to the impact of climate change on the Tibetan Plateau glacier. The glaciers are retreating rapidly, all the glaciers in the Himalayan plateau could be gone in as little as twenty years. Also sand dredging in the Yangtze River is happening to build cities such as Shanghai destroying the landscape and putting animal species on the brink of extinction. This is a dystopian view of the future, constructions colliding with the natural environment and the landscape is in flux due to natural and manmade disasters. I have layered up glazes of oilpaint and I have used multiple drawings of elements of fragmented architecture over the top of these using a range of mixed media to create a visually stimulating painting full of movement and energy.

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Erebus 2

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

The painting I have created is a response to Mount Erebus in Antarctica, one of the largest active volcanoes on earth. It is renowned for its persistently active lava lake, which is sited in the summit crater. I have responded to infra-red video footage of the active lava lake eruptions, emulating the energy of the eruptive process, the heat and layers of steam, volcanic gases and aerosol emissions from the volcano. I have used stains of oil paint direct onto the canvas flat on the ground to create a broken surface that is in flux, flicking, throwing and pouring the paint to emulate the magma explosions and using layers of spray paint and glazes of oil paint. I am interested in the environmental, climatic and human impacts of the landscape. How we are out of touch with the environment we live in, experiencing it through a screen. We are increasingly disconnected from our environment due to technological advancement and in a consistent conflict with the natural world due to the way we live.

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Disrupted Nature

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

A painting in response to the conflict we have with the natural world in terms of how we live, technological advancements and a disconnect with the environment that surrounds us. I have layered visual elements from the rural environment and the urban environment. It is a dystopian vision of a future if we do not take action.

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West

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

A reation to recent political events including Trump and Brexit. I wanted to combine elements of industrialisation and pollution. It is a dystopian vision of the city due to my frustration caused by lack of planning, thinking, debating and discussion that has been created by ego motivated business people on both sides of the Atlantic looking after themselves and their own. I have built up layers of linear architectural drawings and oilpaint glazes on the canvas surface. I have also used stencils and spray paint to give a trapped, walled in feeling creating a barrier.

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Xenotopia

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

It is a response to the mismatch and conflict between man made and natural environments. It depicts a fragile world where flood defences have been defeated by nature and flooding has reclaimed the urban and rural landscape. It represents our hopes and fears about the future of our urban spaces and the threat of natural disasters caused by climate change. The ambiguous landscape depicted describes somewhere that is neither water or land or urban or rural. The canvas surface has been manipulated with diluted oil paint stains that flow, bleed, run back, breakdown, erode, cover like water and flooding itself. Painted layers and drawn lines from sections of maps of Taipei and architectural plans for future ways of living within nature and managing flooding come together to create a metaphysical hallucination brought about by material illusion. A soft, bluish silvery haze' has been built up in layers of painted glazes causing sky, land and water to 'blend' and infuse producing a 'new world' that is 'neither land nor sea'.

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CBD3

Medium: Oil and gloss paint on canvas

An abstract painting inspired by the architecture of the Central business district in Melbourne, Australia.

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Past projects

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Creative Reactions 2017/16/15

11/05/2015 to 15/05/2017

Creative Reactions is an event that is part of the Cambridge university, Pint of Science event that happens annually in Cambridge and internationally. Artists are paired with scientists and produce artwork in response to scientific research. The artwork is then exhibited at a selected venue.

St Barnabus Church, Cambridge Details
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