The painting is a reaction to Mount Erebus in Antarctica, one of the largest active volcanoes on earth. It is renowned for its persistently active lava lake, which is sited in the summit crater. I responded to infra-red video footage of the active lava lake eruptions, emulating the energy of the eruptive process, the heat and layers of steam, volcanic gases and aerosol emissions from the volcano. I used stains of oil paint direct onto the canvas flat on the ground to create a broken surface that is in flux, flicking, throwing and pouring the paint to emulate the magma explosions and using layers of spray paint and glazes of oil paint. I was responding to and interested in the environmental, climatic and human impacts of the landscape. How we are out of touch with the environment we live in, experiencing it through a screen. We are increasingly disconnected from our environment due to technological advancement.
Stuart Jones has been practicing as an artist for 20 years, and has had solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including: Thoughtful Planet 2, Newcastle 2018, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science event, Cambridge 2015, 16 and 17, London (Cities: All Dimensions Tokarska Gallery, Whitespace Gallery Greenwich and James Freeman Gallery, Islington), Leeds, Birmingham and New York (Field of Vision: The Lab Gallery). He has been shortlisted for the Artzine art prize 2018 and the Lynn Painter- Stainers prize and ‘Highly Commended’ for the annual awards for Red Line Art Works. He has had numerous commissions and is represented by Arc Prints in London, his work has also been loaned to MGM Studios, Paramount British Pictures and the BBC. He is a Fellow artist at Digswell Arts.