Paul Town humiliated for painting featuring Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

A POORNING painting created by a Baildon artist in honor of a six-year-old boy who was killed by his stepmother and father is about to be displayed on the pitch of his favorite football team.

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was six years old when his stepmother Emma Tustin murdered him after months of torture, while his father Thomas Hughes was imprisoned for the manslaughter of his son.

The youngster was a big Birmingham City fan and now one of the Bradford-based club’s supporters has commissioned artist Paul Town to do an oil painting of the youngster.

Paul Town oil painting of the number six Arthur, right

Mr Town, who runs Stadium Portraits, where fans can choose their favorite team’s pitch in an oil painting or print, has now completed the special painting after it was commissioned by Blues fan John Sims, of Thornton.

The striking image shows 10 Birmingham City players tied in a line together on the pitch with the crowd ahead of them at the club’s ground at St Andrew’s. It also features Arthur at the end of the line of players wearing the number six shirt with his right hand in the air.

The painting is set to be displayed as part of Arthur’s Area, the family area of ​​St Andrew’s which has been renamed in tribute to the boy.

The table will be unveiled in Arthur’s area ahead of Birmingham City’s home league game against Sheffield United on Friday February 4.

Tustin, 32, was jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 29 years in December last year after fatally beating the helpless youngster at her home in Cranmore Road, Solihull, in June 2021, leaving him with a brain injury insurmountable.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was a huge Birmingham City fan.  Photo: West Midlands PoliceArthur Labinjo-Hughes was a huge Birmingham City fan. Photo: West Midlands Police

Arthur’s father Hughes, 29, was convicted of his son’s manslaughter and jailed for 21 years. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) confirmed last month that the sentences should be reviewed to “determine whether they are too low”.

Mr. Town says he felt humbled and honored to be asked to do the painting.

He said: “It’s special to do this.

“To have the painting displayed in Arthur’s area is great. It will be there on permanent display. I hope the image has a mystical touch. It’s not a morbid scene.

“He’s going to be at St Andrew’s forever now. The little guy should never be forgotten.

“I’m truly humbled and honored to have done this. To be asked to do something like this is very humbling and I don’t take it lightly.”

Mr Town has painted a host of Britain’s greatest grounds, from Exeter City to Aberdeen and virtually every team in between.

He started the business 12 years ago after receiving paint supplies as a Christmas present from his mother. It quickly took off and one of his first creations was a painting of the Bradford (Park Avenue) pitch from the 1960s.

Mr Town, who is a Bradford City fan, was commissioned to paint the Hampden Park Trilogy by Queens Park Football Club, which culminated in an exhibition at Hampden Park, the birthplace of Scottish football, in December 2019.

He also had his works placed in the time capsule buried under the new stand in Exeter City.

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