Wrexham artist unveils racecourse and turf painting

A WREXHAM artist has painted a stunning mural depicting two of the city’s most recognizable locations.

Mikey Jones became interested in art over ten years ago.

His paintings of landscapes and urban scenes depicting North Wales and beyond became instantly recognizable.

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This week Mikey, who is from Coedpoeth, unveiled a painting via Twitter which focused on two landmarks in his area – the Wrexham AFC racecourse and the Turf pub which sits in its shadow.

The stadium, the oldest international football ground in the world, has seen a staggering attendance this season as the Reds pursue promotion in the English Football League.

The pub, run by Wayne Jones who has just signed a new five-year contract to remain there as owner this week, has become synonymous with the football club over the years.

Speaking to The Leader to explain why he chose to paint these two Mold Road venues, Mikey said: “Painting the turf was something I’ve always wanted to do as I consider it a true wonder of Wrexham .

“I feel like the many positives coming from Wrexham AFC and the Wrecsam2025 Culture City bid as finalists have definitely refocused my attention on the special city we live in.

“Painting has taken about five hours so far and I’d say I’m about halfway there. I’ve always enjoyed painting and sketching as I wandered around the area during my teenage years and I guess my passion only grew from there.”

Pic: Mikey Jones, artist from Wrexham.

“The Turf is such a special pub, not only because it’s literally attached to the football stadium, but also because it really engages with the Wrexham community for so many good causes and I love that.

“I would also like to congratulate Wayne Jones on his new contract as owner of Turf – he is a real asset to Wrexham.”

Mikey says a “limited run of prints” of his latest painting will be available soon.

He added: “I paint in oils, I like to paint the scene live first, I like to work quickly on location laying down the base colors and then finishing the details at home, preferably with a beer.

“I don’t think I’ve had a place where I haven’t enjoyed painting yet – I always find painting in busy streets a bit overwhelming, but at the same time it’s nice to talk to passers-by.

The leader:

PIC: Painting of Jerusalem by Mikey Jones.

“My favorite place I painted was on a trip to Jerusalem in 2016. I really enjoyed the different light there and the architectural history was breathtaking.”

To contact him, follow @mikeyjonesart on Twitter or visit his website.

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