Ian's painting of Wrexham's former Beast Market, now the site of Eagles Meadow
Wrexham artist Ian B Jones is inspired to paint crowd scenes, but little did he know when capturing a busy market day that it would earn itself a place in history.
Now, Wrexham Museum has bought the Beast Market [pictured] as it captures a glimpse of life as it was in Wrexham, long before the market went into decline on the site and before becoming what is now Eagles Meadow shopping centre.
Here's a profile of Ian B Jones:
How did you get started as an artist?
Art and painting in particular has always been part of my life, and I think of it as a passion that continues to grow and develop.
What medium/media do you work in?
I work in oils, watercolours and inks, in both black and white and full colour.
How would you describe your work?
My work is very illustrative and can be very detailed and descriptive or loose and atmospheric, depending on the brief. I have always had a fascination for architecture, and my paintings are very often inhabited by crowds of people.
What are your influences and inspirations?
I have been influenced by many schools of painting, from painters such as Goya, Caravaggio, to Turner, John Piper. The list goes on and on. In more recent times I have been inspired, I think, by the brilliance and skill of a lot of Royal Cambrian Academy painters past and present, Kyffin Williams and William Selwyn to name but a few.
Where has your work been shown?
I have exhibited at some local libraries including Wrexham, at Erddig near Wrexham, The Bear Steps, Shrewsbury, and recently Wrexham Museum have purchased a Wrexham market scene and sketch book for their collection.
What are your views on the current scene nationally and locally?
I think that the local and national art scenes remain imaginative and buoyant with colleges and institutions around the country continuing to nurture new talent.