Grenfell Jones MBE, better known as "Gren", has produced a daily cartoon for the South Wales Echo for over 45 years. His cartoons have won him numerous awards including the much coveted UK Provincial Cartoonist of the year six times.
Gren is a household name both in Wales and around the world and he is synonymous with everything Welsh. Grens gentle humour and unique artistic style of work have appeared in numerous books, calendars and record covers.
Gren has received a gold disc from EMI for his work on the Max Boyce record cover "we all had doctors papers" the art work for the cover came second in the world to Pink Floyds "Dark side of the moon" cover.
With the syndication of his work throughout the UK, Grens art continues to delight his audience on a regular basis. He is also the creator and producer of the Ponty & Pop cartoon strip which was set in the fictitious village of Aberflyarff. The cartoon strip enjoyed both radio and TV success.
Gren was honoured by the variety club of Great Britain for his charitable work and a dinner was held in his honour.
In 1990 Gren was awarded the MBE for his contribution of cartoons to the British public. His MBE was presented to him by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Gren is a highly respected and established artist and this has been reflected in both commercial and personal plaudits.
December 2008 Grens sons Darryl & Chris meeting HRH prince William
Darryl (son) shaking hands with HRH.
In December 2008 HRH Prince William unveiled a 40 feet by 12 feet iron monumental art work depicting Grens Ponty & Pop cartoon characters. The iron work erected on the new Media Wales building 6 Park Street, Cardiff.
HRH Prince William & Gareth Edwards OBE
unveiling Gren memorial at the NE Media Wales building Cardiff 2008
In 2009 Caerphilly borough council are proposing opening a 50 mile walk named "Grens Way" in honour of Gren who laws born in Hengoed to Harry Jones (collier) and Violet Jones (Tabernacle chapel organ instrumentalist) Music seemed to run in the family as Gren was a founder member of the 70’s band ‘The Baron Knights’ and the tradition has carried on with his sons.
Darryl, son of Gren, has recently released a rugby board game characterized by Gren cartoons.