Charles Tunnicliffe exhibition at Oriel Ynys Môn

Wednesday 16 February 2011, 12:35

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Work by renowned wildlife artist Charles Tunnicliffe depicting his first summer spent on Anglesey is currently on show at Oriel Ynys Môn in Llangefni.

Shorelands Summer Diary shows work from the artist, who moved to Anglesey in 1947; Shorelands was the bungalow at Malltraeth that he and his wife Winifred moved into.

The bungalow proved the ideal place for the artist to watch seabirds, wardens and wildfowl, and Tunnicliffe was able to build on his knowledge of the island's many bird haunts.

In 1952 his book Shorelands Summer Diary was published, which included paintings of golden plovers, whimbrels, shoveler ducks, shags, black-tailed godwits and peregrine falcons.

Some of the highlights in the book are the monochrome illustrations of wind-sculpted sand, waves and ripples, growing plants and stormy seas. Plus, his illustrations of cattle, flocks of sheep, anglers, farm buildings, dunes, dogs and agricultural shows capture an image of life in 1950s rural Anglesey.

Charles Tunnicliffe's monochrome illustration of Porth Cwyfan

Charles Tunnicliffe's monochrome illustration of Porth Cwyfan

Charles Tunnicliffe's monochrome illustration of Welsh black cattle at Bont Farm

Monochrome illustration of Welsh black cattle at Bont Farm

The exhibition, which opened in January, runs until Sunday 22 May 2011. For more information visit the Oriel Ynys Môn website.

Oriel Ynys Môn is also one of the partnership venues for the new BBC Cymru Wales series Rolf on Welsh Art, and will be showing an original painting by Rolf from the series.

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