Mike Jones (Born 1941) was born in Godrergraig in the Swansea Valley. He was the son of a collier and grew up in a thriving coalmining, farming and Welsh speaking community. At a young age, he helped on local farms together with his friends, and also worked with his father in the colliery, taking every opportunity to sketch and draw images of the hard working people who held a fascination for him. In the 1980s, Jones became friends with the late artists Josef Herman and Will Roberts who encouraged him to exhibit his work. His work is now held in the National Library of Wales and in many private collections. He takes inspiration from the post-war Welsh culture of the Swansea Valley community in which he grew up. He works and paints from his studio in the village of Pontardawe.
Jones has exhibited widely across Wales and beyond. His work not only reflects his own expressive and distinct appraisal of the strength and simplicity of powerful images, but is also rooted in the hard living conditions and the social life of the people of the valley, present and past. He uses form, line and shape to express and capture the spirit and character of men and women with immediacy, passion and freshness. Jones works in a variety of media including oil, pen and ink, and crayon. He finds inspiration in simple subject matter, figures sitting in waiting rooms, women scrubbing steps, places and times of his childhood, men and women, and his imagination.