Emerging North East artist focus of new exhibition at Hartlepool centre

The sea wall at the Headland
The sea wall at the Headland

Visitors to a popular Hartlepool destination can enjoy a collection of paintings by an emerging North East artist.

Summerhill Visitor Centre is currently holding an exhibition of works by Stuart Jones.

Artist Stuart Jones

Artist Stuart Jones

Called Oils in the Open Landscape, Stuart captures strong and vibrant lighting effects of the outdoors in oil paint.

A selection of local scenes are included in the exhibition, including Summerhill’s roundhouse and climbing boulders, and views of the Headland.

He said: “I’m really excited to be invited to show off some of my work there.

“I have got fond memories of working in Hartlepool in the cultural services department of Hartlepool council, so it was really nice to be asked to have some work on display and I’m glad to do it.”

A scene at Summerhill

A scene at Summerhill

Originally from Middlesbrough, Stuart is now based in Newcastle.

The Summerhill exhibition is part of a rota of displays at the venue highlighting emerging new talent.

Stuart added: “I wanted to include aspects of Summerhill in my work, as it perfectly illustrates the type of natural subject that I look for and am inspired by when making a painting.

“It aims to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, either for physical exercise or exploring the sights around them.

Headland houses by Stuart Jones

Headland houses by Stuart Jones

“I hope the exhibition will be well received, as I know Hartlepool is a strong supporter of the arts.”

Lisa Newton, cultural officer at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “In his work you can see an impressionistic style that comes through from painting quickly and with energy. I think visitors will be able to recognise their appeal and we’re very happy to be showcasing Stuart at the start of his artistic career.”

Many of the paintings on display are for sale.

Summerhill Visitor Centre, Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (Fridays, 4.30pm) until Tuesday 3 October.