As an artist I am interested in the environment and the way we view it and experience it and ideas of utopia, dystopia and the sublime. I am intrigued by places and spaces that exist within our lives, informed by recent climate change events and man made and natural disasters.
Stuart Jones is a British fine artist who works with the landscape and creates mixed media paintings based on his surrounding environment.
Structural lines and shapes are manipulated within his paintings to create an altered sense of reality, where the beauty and drama of the landscape is heightened. He uses layers of paint and marks to capture the mood and atmosphere of the landscape, manipulating areas of the surface to become translucent and vaporous, almost vanishing into the sky. He is inspired by the sublime within the history of landscape painting from Turner to John Martin and John Virtue. He paints as he is obsessed with exploring the concept of the landscape, searching and questioning, not sure where the landscape leads or what is at the end.
He has explored 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 flat on the floor or traditionally on the wall or easel. The human figure is deliberately absent from his paintings, as he wants to install the viewer as the missing human presence.
His work has always been inspired by the urban environment and the architecture that this consists of, but more recently the rural environment and the idea of heterotopia.
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