This October sees the first Edinburgh exhibition by Banff-based printmaker and painter Bryan Angus.
Following a hugely positive response to Bryan’s prints at the RSA Summer Open this year, he is now bringing a body of work south to a wider audience. The Dundas Street Gallery will host 40 artworks, many made in 2018 and as yet unseen by the public.
Bryan trained at Gray’s School of Art in the 1970s and 80s and he cites the resonant landscapes of his tutors, Syliva Wishart and Frances Walker, as having a lasting influence – as well as colleagues such as Kate Downie.
‘The complex swirling compositions and the ability to depict so sparingly the subtle unearthly light gives so much to reward the dedicated viewer’ Kate Downie RSA
For the last 15 years Bryan has been facilitating creative projects for others as tutor, artist and Director of The Creative Retreat (a residential arts centre on the Moray Firth), where he had a brief brush with fame Bryan featured on BBC’s Countryfile in November 2016 – making a lino print of Gardenstown with presenter Helen Skelton. Bryan is now focussing on developing his own work.
Increasingly Bryan’s work is being sought by buyers across the world who appreciate the richly patterned quality of his images and the high level of craftsmanship. This has been noted by design companies, Bryan winning commissions this year for luxury malt packaging for a Dieagio distillery and to create bespoke artworks for new SAGA cruise liner’s luxury cabins.
Bryan sees his lino print work as coming from an illustrative tradition, “I should perhaps be describing it as a kind of Slow Art, where patience and attention to detail in the drawing, carving and printing are all equally as important”.
Image: Bryan Angus, Flight, lino print, 2018.
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