Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th November 2022, Stuart Jones will be holding a solo exhibition of new paintings in the Fenners Gallery in Letchworth.
Stuart has been working as an artist for over twenty years. Originally from the North West of England, he studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University and now lives and works out of his studio in Hertfordshire. Working mainly in oil paint and mixed media on canvas, his work is informed by the urban and rural landscape and ideas of utopia, dystopia and the sublime. He is currently a fellow at Digswell arts and was shortlisted for the Beep Painting Prize (2022) John Moore’s Painting Prize (2020) and awarded the Contemporary Arts Trust Prize (2019).
The environment and how we experience the landscape interests Stuart and informs his practice. His work explores the human relationship with the landscape and how this is in flux. As we become increasingly disconnected from our environment due to technological advancement, we are in conflict with the natural world due to the way we live. Ideas of utopia, dystopia, heterotopia and the sublime are consistent themes within my practice. The Anthropocene and the climate crisis and current social and political issues feed my thinking.
“My paintings consists of layers of oil paint glazes, staining and pouring, spray paint applied with stencils and paint pens on canvas. My process varies and evolves over time but generally starts with drawings, images, and collages that I have manipulated and experimented with: this then forms the starting point for the painting. The human figure is missing from my paintings, enabling the viewer to become the missing human presence within the work, the spaces becoming portals that the viewer has to negotiate into an alternative world, space or time.”
Stuart’s solo exhibition will open on Friday 4th November with a private view of 6-8pm and then be open over the weekend of the 5th and 6th November with the gallery open from 10am – 4pm.
Fenners Gallery, Fenners Studios, 7 Openshaw Way, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EN
For more information on Stuart’s work visit: https://www.stuartjonesartist.co.uk/
- Stuart Jones