Artist Feature ://
Posted December 2018
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.
‘East’, Stuart Jones. Oil paint and mixed media on canvas, 2018.
Q. There is a long history of Art being used to discuss political topics. You focus closely on climate change and environments including the manmade within your work, what do you feel is the importance of Art to inform others about these issues?
It’s not really about informing people but inviting them to question things. Whether that is the environmental crisis or natural disasters or other political issues. My work is informed by the natural and man-made environment and how we interact and engage with this, things that are going on in the world and how that is filtered through me. Although my work is influenced by these things I am not trying to lecture or dictate how people should think or live. Daniel Richter the contemporary German painter says not to lecture through your paintings but “take something that has a human effect on you, that you don’t know how to describe. Take something and transform it so that it is not just about the topic but about you”
Q. Describe the process behind one of your paintings?
My process varies and evolves over time but generally starts with a drawing or image. The paintings I am working on at present started with collaged drawings and images that I have manipulated and experimented with using photocopying. I use a wide range of contemporary and traditional painting and drawing media, from oil paint and mediums to household paint and spray paint. I work on the paint surface of the canvas flat on the floor or on the wall depending on how I want the paint to behave.
‘Erebus’, Stuart Jones. Oil paint and mixed media on canvas, 2016.
‘Erebus 2’, Stuart Jones. Oil paint and mixed media on canvas, 2016.
Q. How essential for you is it to have a studio to work from?
My studio is a place to escape to. A space where I can reflect and think and cut myself off from the outside world. It’s somewhere to experiment, take risks and play with materials. I share the building with other artists and I find it is important to have other artists around to discuss art and ideas with. Also as I work large scale, physical space is essential.
Q. What advice would you give to someone who is beginning to explore paint as a media?
Take risks, experiment with paint and play. Explore different starting points to paintings. Ask yourself the question “What if”.
‘West’, Stuart Jones. Oil paint and mixed media on canvas, 2018.
Q. Why do you love what you do?
It is just something I do and always have done. It’s a way of dealing with and making sense of the world, a way of expressing how I feel.
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