Max Angus celebrates his 101st birthday on 30 October 2015 making him Australia’s oldest exhibiting artist. He is also one of Tasmania’s most loved painters, who still paints daily and has a huge enthusiasm for life and a passion for art.
He is a man who has witnessed and participated in a century and a year. Born in 1914, Max was apprenticed in commercial art and was involved in the art department during war years. He went on to study art at the Technical College under Dechaineux and Carington Smith, and in the years following, established The Sunday Painters with fellow artists Harry Buckie, Roy Cox, Elspeth Vaughan, Patricia Giles and visitors such as Eldershaw and later Lloyd Rees.
He was heavily involved and engaged with Lake Pedder and alongside photographer Olegas Truchanas, captured the hallowed edges of motionless water, its moods, weather and colours.
First exhibiting in 1946, Max has been involved in solo and group exhibitions locally and national and received many awards including being the inaugural winner of the Hobart City Art Prize in 1988, finalist in the Wynne Prize for Landscape in 1962-67, finalist in the Archibald Prize in 1974, as well as Member Order of Australia and Fellow Royal Society of the Arts. His work in represented in all major public collections in Australia including ANG, Parliament House Collection, AGNSW, AGSA and a substantial number of works held by TMAG.
There are third generation audiences who seek out works by Max Angus, not so much for his fame but because of the beauty and connection that his works of Tasmanian landscapes bring. He has pursued a career where the locally significant places around us are celebrated and bring a sense of memory and landscape shared to where we live. The bush, the highland tarns, Sandy Bay, Taroona and East Coast, Port Davey, Pedder, they are his genre and his love.
See his latest work at an exhibition at Colville Gallery with his friend Patricia Giles. It opens 6 November at 5:30 pm, everyone is welcome so why not drop in and say happy birthday or visit anytime until 25 November.