A TALENTED Wrexham sculptor has launched his first solo exhibition this week.

Simon O'Rourke has become a well-known figure throughout north Wales down the years for his amazing sculptures he carves with his chainsaw from wood.

Back in 2019, his giant dragon at Bethesda caused 'traffic to slow down' in order to catch a glimpse of it.

More recently, his Deadpool sculpture - in honour of Wrexham AFC co-chairman Ryan Reynolds - caught the eye on social media and beyond as it raised funds for charity.

Back in March, the Leader reported that Simon's work was set to be put under the spotlight with a documentary of his own showcasing his life and his creations.

And this week, the excitement of 2024 continued to grow for him as he launched his first-ever solo sculpture exhibition.

As of Monday (June 10) until June 23, visitors can pop along (for free!) to the Ebenezer Chapel in Cefn Mawr between midday and 8pm daily to see a range of sculptures which are now on display.


Simon said: "It’s hard to believe that in so many years as a full-time artist that this is my first solo exhibition – but there it is. The opportunity to share my pieces is always exciting.

"As well as exhibiting sculptures, I’ll also be showing some of my wall panels. Many of the pieces are for sale so if you’re on the lookout for something to enhance your home, garden, workplace or a community space, come ready to shop.

"We were at a networking event and Dave Metcalfe, (owner of The Ebenezer and nearby Holly Bush pub) approached me. Part of his vision for The Ebenezer is making it a space for music and the arts. As locals, Liz (Simon's wife) and I want to get more involved with the community and this seemed a great way to start.

"We really hope this exhibition will be a success. I love the idea of promoting Cefn Mawr as more of a destination for culture and tourism. We’ve lived there for nearly nine years and love it. It’s got a great community feel in spite of being quite deprived."