Originally, Max Angus came from a painting and strong graphic drawing background. It is with this background that she found it important for her as an artist to ground a subject in their own space or environment.
Angus' work is inspired by the everyday surroundings. From the village trees to off season trips to North Norfolk to see the migrating geese and visit coastal bird reserves. She tries to capture that shared moment with wildlife in their natural surroundings.
Max Angus continues to maintain a sketchbook with copious amounts of scrap paper. The limited detail captured with a pencil is just enough for the outlines for the linocuts. In her studio, the sketches are put together to create a composition that she feels represents the movement of the subject, the weather or what she can remember of that time.
The blocks are cut first considering light, shade and the overlapping of colours to make additional colour combinations. The limited palette takes weeks of trial and error. Each colour chosen is dependent on the relationship and quantity of the adjacent colours and the overlapping blocks. If the image requires additional colours then additional blocks are introduced.
1998: Printmaking South Kent College then on to KIAD
2002: Evening life drawing workshops with tutor Brian Oxley MA
2010: Elected Associate member of the SWLA
2012: Elected to full membership of the SWLA
2013: Elected to the Council of the SWLA
2014: Elected as the Treasurer for the SWLA
Teens: Kathleen Duncan, Illustrator of childrens books.
2013: Elected to the Coucil of the SWLA
2007 Birds Illustrated Magazine Printmaking Award
2008 St Cuthbert Mill Printmaking Award
2014 Dry Red Press Award
The Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, Kent 2007 - 2008:
The Courtyard Gallery, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent
The Red Biddy Gallery, Shalford, Surrey
Baron Arts, Holt, North Norfolk
The Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market, North Norfolk
The Grapevine, Norwich, Norfolk
The Avocet Gallery, Rye Harbour, East Sussex
The Church Street Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex
Cambridge Contemporary Gallery, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The Lombard Street Gallery, Margate, Kent
Taylor Jones & Son, Deal, Kent
The Natural Eye, Art Book One, Red Hare Publishing Ltd
The Artful Hare by Alan Marshall
Features included in Artists & Illustrator, Birdwatch, Birds Illustrated, BBC Wildlife Magazine.
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Max Angus SWLA - 2013
Max Angus SWLA - 2014