Born in Sydney in 1983, Angus had a passion for art and drawing from an early age. After completing a graphic design degree at Enmore Design Centre in 2004, Angus found work as a graphic designer before starting a mural painting business in 2006. In 2007, Angus started a Fine Arts degree at The National Art School, which saw the beginning of his passion for fine arts and, specifically, printmaking and drawing. Angus graduated in 2010 with a major in Printmaking, winning several awards. One of these awards, a selected graduate’s show, marked the beginning of his relationship with ‘Australian Galleries’ who he now finds full-time representation with.
Angus exhibits his work regularly as well as having an ongoing role teaching printmaking and drawing at The National Art School in Sydney to both public-program and bachelor degree students. Angus has worked as an archeological illustrator in Greece, a natural-history illustration tutor in various Australian museums, as well as spending considerable time working alongside indigenous artists in remote areas of Australia's Northern Territory. Angus work can be found in the collection of The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of NSW, The National Art School, Australian Galleries Sydney and Melbourne as well as private collectors.
Angus works with both traditional printmaking and various drawing mediums in his practice. His work almost exclusively deals with natural subject matter, and is skilfully rendered using precise, refined, and well-practiced techniques. Angus has always held a fascination towards nature, and his curiosity and devotion in representing and reflecting on the natural world continuities a long tradition in the visual arts. Angus has a particular interest and enthusiasm for naturalist artists of the 18th and 19th Century and the sensibilities of the age of discovery in which they lived. In his own practice, Angus chiefly examines humankind’s developing relationship with the natural world, and by utilising particular methods and aesthetics, he is able to place his work in direct connection to particular historical contexts.
“Nature holds the beautiful, for the artist who has sought to extract it. Thus, beauty lies even in humble, perhaps ugly things, and the ideal, which bypasses or improves on nature, may not be truly beautiful in the end.”
Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1528)
"I thought of the long ages of the past during which the successive generations of these things of beauty had run their course. Year by year being born and living and dying amid these dark gloomy woods with no intelligent eye to gaze upon their loveliness, to all appearances such a wanton waste of beauty. It seems sad that on the one hand such exquisite creatures should live out their lives and exhibit their charms only in these wild inhospitable regions. This consideration must surely tell us that all living things were not made for man, many of them have no relation to him, their happiness and enjoyment's, their loves and hates, their struggles for existence, their vigorous life and early death, would seem to be immediately related to their own well-being and perpetuation alone"
Alfred Russel Wallace - On the subject of Birds of Paradise from ‘The Malay Archipelago’ (1869)
Angus is represented by 'Australian Galleries'. His work can be found in their permanent stockroom collections in both Sydney and Melbourne and is also viewable on the Australian Galleries website.
"Australian Galleries was established in Melbourne by Tam and Anne Purves in June 1956. Now under the sole directorship of Stuart Purves, and with 15 staff, Australian Galleries continues to represent significant contemporary Australian artists including Jeffrey Smart, Inge King, William Robinson, John Coburn, Garry Shead, Colin Lanceley, John Wolseley, Peter Neilson, Lewis Miller, Peter Churcher and Graeme Drendel, along with an involvement in the estates of George Baldessin, Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees and Arthur Boyd."
- Art Directory Australia