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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:42 UK time, Wednesday, 18 August 2010

A unique exhibition showcasing the contrasting work of two of Wales' prominent artists is to go on show next month at Oriel Ynys Môn in Llangefni.

Visions will feature the work of sculptor John Meirion Morris and landscape painter Wilf Roberts. The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday 10 September by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas.

Landscape painting Old School House by Wilf Roberts

Landscape painting Old School House by Wilf Roberts

Roberts was born and raised on Anglesey, and studied at Llangefni Secondary School where he was inspired by his art teachers - who included Ernest Zobole and Gwilym Prichard.

He taught in London for 13 years, combining this with studying part time at Croydon Art College. In 1974 he returned to live in Mynydd Bodafon, Anglesey, and devoted himself to painting full time from 1996.

The area where he still lives, as well as Anglesey's coastal and rural beauty, forms the inspiration for many of his pieces. He works mainly in oils and acrylics, with earthy tones forming the base for his depictions of old farmhouses, cottages, chapels and churches on the island.

An example of John Meirion Morris' work

An example of John Meirion Morris' work

John Meirion Morris, born in Llanuwchllyn near Bala, studied at the Liverpool College of Art. He taught art in Llanidloes before taking up lecturing posts in Leamington Spa Art School in  1964 and at Kumasi University in Ghana in 1966.

He lectured at the University of Wales Aberystwyth on his return to Wales in 1968 and in 1985 became the head of art at Bangor Normal College. He retired in 1990.

Visions will open at Oriel Ynys Môn on 11 September and will run until 7 November 2010.

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