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Angus had a conventional upbringing in the south east of England, until he left school and travelled alone down Africa for a year. He returned, a little reluctantly, to study Classics at Oxford University, and went on to become a journalist, working for various national papers and magazines. During this period he also composed crosswords and won a BAFTA for copywriting a history of communication. Then one evening he passed an art school near to where he was working in London.
Everything changed. Three months later he had left the UK and enrolled full time in an atelier in Florence, funding his tuition by compiling crosswords. His first exhibition followed a year later in London and he hasn't looked back since.
Here are some of his thoughts from a recent show in New York:
'I think art is more important than ever now. For one thing it is not functional – which is pretty rare. Even games and toys nowadays have to be justified as educational, and with the wonders of modern communication, those undistracted, aimless moments are rare. But mainly it opens us to other ways of seeing. It shows there is more to the world than us and that not everything that is valuable is quantifiable, measurable, wholly rational.
'Love is like that too. I also think there is always space for something beautiful.'
Angus works on a commission basis too. This usually takes the form of portraits or landscapes and more recently he has completed work for a number of prominent golf clubs in the US and Europe. In the summer of 2017, he finished a large painting for Quail Hollow, where the USPGA was held. He is currently working on a painting of Augusta National during The Masters as well as a large oil of the West Side Tennis Club, at Forest Hills, New York where the US Open used to take place.
Angus currently lives in Tuscany and the UK with his wife and five children.