Stuart Jones is a British artist interested in political and environmental issues, intrigued by places and spaces that exist within our lives and informed by recent climate change events and natural disasters such as flooding in Britain and Taiwan, the earthquakes of Nepal, volcanic activity in Antarctica and the decline of sea birds due to the warming of the seas. He uses drawing and painting to capture these, layering them to create meaning in the image through relationships and connections to other places/ landscapes.
Xenotopia was produced in response to research on river flooding in Taipei, Taiwan. It is a response to the mismatch and conflict between man-made and natural environments. It depicts a fragile world where flood defences have been defeated by nature and flooding has reclaimed the urban and rural landscape.