Global football star and Cardiff export Gareth Bale has had some of the Wales football team’s finest moments of the Euro 2016 tournament captured in these beautiful paintings.
There’s no doubt Chris Coleman’s men have given fans plenty of memories from qualifying for the tournament right up to the quarter-final against Belgium on Friday night.
With these vibrant paintings, fans can relive and treasure the joy, excitement and satisfaction again and again.
Painter Meirion Jones has created three portraits of the Wales football team in a mini series for the football tournament.
Meirion, from Cardigan, was approached by a TV company to produce the first of the three works of art – and was given a two-day deadline.
But after completing the first, he decided to go on to recreate some of the brilliant scenes from Wales’ journey at the Euros.
Football fan Meirion said he usually paints landscapes and seascapes, so it was a welcome change for him to be able to get the vibrant and colourful reds out in his home studio.
The three paintings are around A2 size, and depict jubilant scenes when Wales qualified for the tournament, Gareth Bale’s celebration at scoring his and Wales’ first goal of the tournament against Slovakia in Bordeaux, and a third painting of a montage of Chris Coleman, Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu and Joe Ledley.
Meirion even sold 27 prints of his first painting in just one hour.
They were created using mainly acrylic paints and ink and each took around a day and a half to complete.
Prints of the first two works have sold out, but Meirion had prints for the third painting of Chris Coleman and his three players done in Cardiff on Thursday and are priced at £200 each.
Meirion said: “You see an image and you think that captures the mood of the moment and the buzz of the atmosphere. You start off with some vague idea and then something else slightly different emerges.
“I’ve been doing one a round so I just hope that there’s two more to come.
“It’s nice to get the bright red out for a change.
“I’m quite staggered because usually things are quite low key – you sell one or two paintings a week.
“It’s all exciting. It’s going to be a document or it will be something that brings back memories.”
Anyone interested in buying one of the prints can contact Meirion at aneurinjones.co.uk