Angus McDonald | black&blue

Angus McDonald‘s most recent exhibition black&blue stems from the relationship between 2 simple objects.

“Most of the paintings and other pieces in the show are interpretations of how this relationship changes as these objects are exposed to, and pass through all the prismatic shades of colour and light in the process of time; not unlike the experiences we have in our own relationships.” – Angus McDonald

McDonald photographed elaborate installations in his Lennox Head studio. It is these photos that form the basis for the still life works in black&blue.

While appearing to be contemporary vanitas works, McDonald doesn’t perceive the skulls as being a foreboding symbol of death. In these simple and excruciatingly beautiful forms, McDonald presents a representation of the ephemerality of life.

Watch McDonald at work in his studio in the film below:

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Mosman Art Prize 2014 | Finalists

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Angus McDonald, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan for selection as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. The official opening for the exhibition of the finalists works and the announcement of the winner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2014 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

“Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize
26 July – 7 September 2014

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman NSW 2088


Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, oil on linen, 102 x 102 cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Angus McDonald, Ray of Light, Oil on canvas, 75 x 125cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Robert Malherbe, A Walk to the Gallery, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm, 2013 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Caroline Rannersberger, Towards Cloudy Corner, Oil on Belgian linen, 3 x [97 x 39.5cm], 2013 – finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Angus McDonald | Jonathan Delafield Cook | Cherry Hood | Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Angus McDonald, Cherry Hood and Jonathan Delafield Cook‘s work can be seen in the exhibition, So Much More Than A Big Sheep, currently on show at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition focuses on the theme of livestock, relevant to the everyday lives of the rural community in and around Goulburn.  “So Much More Than A Big Sheep will focus on the relationship between man and animal, town and country, conservation and commerce.” – Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

So Much More Than A Big Sheep
30 May – 19 July 2014
Opening Saturday 31 May at 2pm by Angus Taylor, MP, Federal Member for Hume

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Civic Centre,
Cnr Bourke & Church St
Goulburn NSW 2580

Angus McDonald, ‘Bovine Dreaming’, 2012, Charcoal and pastel on acrylic washed paper, 140 x 350cm


Angus McDonald | Everyday Majesty

Olsen Irwin presents the upcoming exhibition Everyday Majesty, a show of new works by Angus McDonald (1961- ), inspired by the work of pre-eminent Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013), running from 30 April to 17 May 2014. McDonald has long been renowned for his signature still life paintings of exacting composition and meticulous execution. His works elevate seemingly everyday objects – beakers, bottles and bowls – into beautifully orchestrated blocks of colour and form. Everyday Majesty will feature approximately 20 small works, from gouache studies to oil on linen paintings, examining the understated simplicity of still life and the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. The exhibition will also feature Hanssen Pigott ceramics, including a large still life composition.

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Angus McDonald, Still Life II, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s life was one of creating beautiful yet functional ceramics. From her earlier years making dinner sets, serving dishes and jugs, she later placed these into exacting still life groupings. It is these groupings that allow the viewer to delve further into the work, looking not only at the individual pieces, but the spaces between. We begin to see the subtle change in tone from inside to out, the translucency of the porcelain and the way light is either absorbed or reflected by the rounded surfaces. Hanssen Pigott’s work is an homage to restraint in its purest form. It is this inherent understanding of compositional balance, tone and light that unites the work of Hanssen Pigott and that of McDonald.

“I titled this show Everyday Majesty as a reflection on Gwyn Hanssen Pigott herself and the consistently sublime and beautiful catalogue of ceramic work she produced over her lifetime as one of this country’s significant artists.” – Angus McDonald, 2014

Angus McDonald
Everyday Majesty
Opening Saturday 3 May 2 – 4pm
Exhibition 30 April – 17 May 2014

Olsen Irwin
Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025

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Angus McDonald, Still Life I, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

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Angus McDonald, Still Life III, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

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Angus McDonald, Bowl I, 2014, Oil on linen, 30 x 30cm

Angus McDonald (b. 1961) is renowned for his exquisite oil paintings exploring the sublime. McDonald studied from 1993 to 1995 at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, winning the Brett Whiteley Scholarship in 1994. From 1995 to 2001 McDonald spent time in Europe, studying at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and living in Leros, Greece. In 2006, McDonald visited Antarctica as expedition painter and photographer with the Mawson’s Huts Foundation. McDonald returned to Antarctica in 2008 as artist in residence with Aurora Expeditions. McDonald’s works have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. Olsen Irwin director, Tim Olsen, has represented McDonald since 1996. Angus McDonald lives and works in Lennox Head, NSW.

Although Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013) usually referred to herself as a potter, she is consistently recognised as one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists. Born 1935 in Ballarat, Victoria, Hanssen Pigott began a three-year apprenticeship with potter Ivan McMeekin in 1955. In 1958 Hanssen Pigott travelled to the UK where she worked with established English potters, Bernard Leach, Ray Finch, Alan Caiger-Smith and Michael Cardew. During this time she also established in her own studios in Notting Hill, London and rural France. Returning to Australia in 1973, Hanssen Pigott established a studio at Linden Rise in Tasmania. From 1981-88 she worked as the Potter-in-Residence at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Hanssen Pigott established a studio in Ipswich, Queensland in 2000, while continuing to engage in artist residency programmes in Japan and India. Hanssen Pigott passed away in 2013.

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Angus McDonald’s studio set-up featuring the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, 2014

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Angus McDonald’s studio set-up featuring the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, 2014

Angus McDonald | Eutick Memorial Still Life

Angus McDonald‘s humble ‘Pear‘ has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery to be judged by SMH Art critic John McDonald. Winners are announced 15th November and the exhibition runs until Saturday 18th Jan 2014. The EMSLA 2013 will tour Parliament House in Macquarie Street, Sydney in April 2014.

Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
16 Nov 2013 – 18 Jan 2014

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Cnr Coff and Duke Streets
Coffs Harbour  NSW  2450


Angus McDonald, Pear, 2012, Oil on panel, 32 x 38cm, $7,700