'It Is about Preserving Art in Wales Good Welsh Art by Talented Welsh - We Want to Make Sure That Artists Isn't Just Lost along the Way' the Contemporary Art Society for Wales Has Just Unveiled Its New Purchases of Art Work Collected for the Welsh Nation. Karen Price Reveals More about the Sculptures and Paintings - and Where You Can Find Them

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Byline: Karen Price

IMPORTANT pieces of art are more often than not snapped up by private collectors which means that they don't get seen by the wider public.

But for the last 75 years, the Contemporary Art Society for Wales has been buying paintings and sculptures produced by Welsh artists to go on public display.

The organisation usually presents items to a number of public bodies once a year and this week it has unveiled the latest pieces it has purchased and where they will be going on display.

Velindre Hospital in Cardiff, which cares for cancer patients, two universities and National Museum Cardiff are among those which have benefited from the latest gifts.

A spokesman for the society says it is vital that contemporary Welsh art is bought for the nation to enjoy.

He says: "We want to make sure that the public have the opportunity to see these things. We are making contemporary Welsh art as accessible as we can to as many people as possible. It's about preserving art in Wales.

"We want to make sure that good Welsh art by talented Welsh artists isn't lost along the way."

In presenting the new purchases to the organisations, vice-chairman Dr Chris Evans said: "It has been challenging but most of all exciting and enriching, not only in the searching and finding of works but in witnessing the artists' commitment, passion, skill and sheer hard work." * Artist: Roger Moss * Title of work: Skin * Recipient: National Museum Cardiff The only sculpture in the latest collection offered by the Contemporary Art Society for Wales is by internationally renowned artist, Roger Moss.

Skin is made of stainless steel and features a head facing two ways. Moss' world of working within the physical and sensual world of sculpting with his hands was dramatically changed when he was invited to join the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research (PDR) which was founded by Uwic (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff).

Moss was invited to join the team which, with the use of precision digital technology and the possibility of using laser technology, is able to work with maxillofacial surgeons to reconstruct jaws destroyed by disease or injury.

* Artist: Brendan Stuart Burns * Title of work: Gleam * Recipient: Cardiff University The painting, Gleam, by Brendan Stuart Burns was inspired by the Pembrokeshire coastline.

Burns trained in Cardiff and then the prestigious Slade School of Art.

He is one of the country's most critically-acclaimed artists and has won the coveted Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod - twice. …