Wynne Melville Jones became known throughout Wales as a pioneer of bilingual PR activities and for his involvement in Wales’ largest youth organisation The Urdd. The former art student has now returned to his main interest – visual art. He works from his home in Llanfihangel Genau’r Glyn (Llandre) in Ceredigion and he is active in the local community.
He is very proud of his roots in Ceredigion and feels a responsibility for things Welsh.
In 1979 he established Wales’ first bilingual PR agency StrataMatrix and ran the company successfully for 30 years.
He is Honorary Life President of the Urdd organisation and he created the ever popular Mr Urdd character – a hot favourable with Welsh youngsters for over 40 years. He was also one of the founders of the weekly magazine Golwg and retains his place as a company Director.
On returning to the paint brush he gave himself the challenge to paint Cors Caron, (the renowned nature reserve near Tregaron) in the four Seasons. He has also painted many Welsh cultural and heritage iconic sites and his inspiration comes from his upbringing in Ceredigion and from the rich heritage and culture of the various communities in Wales.
His art has also generated interest way beyond the borders of Wales. His interpretation of Soar-y-Mynydd, the most isolated chapel in Wales is in former US President Jimmy Carters’ art collection and his picture of Llanddwyn was bought by a German art collector. His painting of the Elvis Rock at Eisteddfa Gurig has generated considerable interest in the US and the picture is now at Graceland Tennessee former home of Elvis which is now dedicated as a museum and archive.
His autobiography Y Fi a Mistar Urdd a’r Cwmni Da was published by Y Lolfa in 2010.and another of his projects The Llanfihangel Genau’r Glyn Poetry Path was officially opened in 2012. The Path celebrates the rich poetic tradition in the community of Llandre, has been built in woodland owned by the family, and is open to the public 365 days a year.
Exhibitions of his work have been held in Aberystwyth, Tregaron, Fishguard, Bala, Llandeilo, Aberaeron, Cardiff and London. His aim is to capture the character and mood of Wales in paint on canvas.
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