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Mike Jones was born in 1941 in the Swansea Valley, South Wales and lives and paints from his studio in Pontardawe.
A figure painter and draughtsman, his work is rooted in the social life of the people and the hard working conditions of the valley, past and present.
Art historian Peter Lord comments that Jones’s maturity as a painter came at the end of the period of decline of the coal industry and since the early 1980’s Jones has built up a considerable reputation.
Encouraged to first exhibit in the 1980’s by the late artists Will Roberts and Josef Herman, his work is shown across Wales and the UK and is held in private collections and at The National Library of Wales.
Two of his paintings were selected and hung at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015.
“He has an honesty and a love for the characters he paints”, Sir Kyffin Williams. K.B.A., R.A. (2010)
“His figures in black and white stay on in my mind”,
Josef Herman. O.B.E., R. A. (1998)