Stuart Jones took part in the Artrooms Art Fair at the Melia White House Hotel, Regents Park, London in January 2019. During the Private View, Stuart was awarded the Contemporary Arts Trust Prize. It was judged by the trustees, including Professor Andrew Stahl, Professor of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art; Mychael Barratt PRE, President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers; and Peter Nahum, ex-Director of 19th and 20th-century art at Sotheby’s and on the Antique Road Show for 21 years. The prize of £1,000 was awarded to Stuart as he was judged to have excelled the most amongst the 100 other exhibiting artists, taking into account his emerging status in the art world.
Stuart Jones’ work is inspired by the urban and rural environment and ideas of utopia, dystopia and the sublime. He uses drawing and painting to create work exploring reality within environments and our relationship with it, capturing places and spaces that have been affected by climate change events and man-made and natural disasters. He layers places and landscapes within his paintings, applying 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. His work explores our relationships and connections with the environment and how this is consistently in flux.