Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones

Hitchin, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

About Stuart Jones

The environment and how we experience the landscape interests me and informs my practice. My 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.


2019 Collage into mixed media- Slade school of Art and Design
2017 Cultural Studies: Identity and Self- City Lit, London
2016 100 Drawing Projects- Central St Martins
2014 Mixed Media Printmaking- Central St Martins
2013 Experimental Oil painting- Chelsea school of Art and Design
PGCE in Post Compulsory Education- Greenwich University
BA Hons Fine Art- Leeds Metropolitan University
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design- Winstanley College
A-Level Art and Design- Winstanley College


Prizes and Awards

2020 Shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize
2019 Awarded the Contemporary Arts Trust award
2018 Shortlisted for the Artzine Art Prize
2017 Shorlisted for the Lynn Painter- Stainers Prize
2017 ‘Highly Commended’ for the annual awards for Red Line Art Works

Group exhibitions

2021 ‘A Voyage of Absurdity’ The Forge, Craft Central, London, E14 3AE
2020 'Emergent Vision' Safehouse 1 and 2, Copeland road, Peckham, London
2019 ‘Nou Wave 1’, Old Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey, London
2019 Manchester Art Fair, 11-13 October, Manchester Central, Manchester
2019 Artrooms Art Fair London, 11-13 January, Melia White House Hotel, Albany St, Regent's Park, London, NW1 3UP
2018 ‘The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice’, Gallery 46, Whitechapel, London, 46 Ashfield St, London E1 2AJ
2018 Thoughtful Planet 2, The Thought Foundation, Gateshead
2017 Creative Reactions, Pint of Science event, Cambridge
2016 Creative Reactions, Pint of Science event, Cambridge
2015 Mark 5 group exhibition, Courtyard arts, Hertford, Hertfordshire
2015 Creative Reactions, Pint of Science event, Cambridge
2015 Courtyard arts Open, Hertford, Hertfordshire
2015 'Exhibition One' by Mark 5, Banbury, Oxfordshire
2014 Pop up exhibition, Christopher Place, St Albans
2013 One plus one, Hitchin
2013 Cities: All Dimensions Takarska Gallery, London
2009 Unique Perspectives, Chapel gallery, Lancashire
2009 St Albans Summer Art Exhibition, Town Hall, St Albans
2008 United Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, Morley Gallery, London
2008 Cityscape vs Rural landscape, Claire Galleries, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
2006 Pantiles Edge Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2005 Whitespace Gallery, Greenwich, London
2004 Field of Vision: New York, The Lab Gallery, New York
2004 Manhattan Series, James Freeman Gallery, Islington, London
2003 Arterial Gallery, Highbury, London
2001 art/work, artco, Leeds
2001 Leedscape, Snow Gallery, Leeds
2000 Art and Architecture, The Beetroot Tree, Derbyshire
2000 Floorless, Victorian Quarter, Leeds
2000 Images of Architecture, Arc, London
2000 Multividence, Keighley Arts Factory, West Yorkshire
1998 Graduate 98, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud

Solo exhibitions

2003 Manhattan Series, The Peasant, Clerkenwell, London
2001 Simpsons Fold Series, Simpsons Fold, Leeds
2000 Park Row Series, Teatro, Leeds


Fellow at Digswell Arts Trust, October 2017 to date

Commissions, loans and residencies

2018 Commissioned to produced a painting 'Solitude 2' by a client in Manchester
2008 Prints of Linear I and VI featured on BBC sit com, 'My Family'
2003 Linear III hired by MGM Studios to feature in film, ‘White on White’
2003 Linear I, II, III and IV hired by MGM Studios to feature in film, ‘Agent Cody Banks’
2002 Linear II and Linear V hired by Paramount British Pictures to feature in US series, ‘Keen Eddy’
2002 Linear III and Linear V hired by Blockbuster to feature in television commercial
1996 Two canvases commissioned by the Northern College, Barnsley
1995 Artist in Residence, Golborne High School

Critical reviews and press coverage

2019 Three-sided World: Interview with Stuart Jones
2019 SOLO Magazine,,
2018 Stuart Jones, Artist feature, Float, magazine
2018 Salamanders and the Vicious Circle of Sociocultural Pressure, FAD Magazine, November 28.
2017 Disordered Worlds with Stuart Jones. Tickled Inc. Magazine. Website. July 29.
2003 Arts and Entertainment, Angel Magazine, July, pp12
2001 William Lawrence, City Centre, Picture Business, April, pp 12/13
2001 Chris Furlong, Leeds for Art's sake, Leeds Guide, May pp 6/7
2001 Rich Jevons, Art Review, Metro, May


Arc Prints, London


2001 The Britart Directory, Book, HMP Sheffield