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James Angus

(Australia, United States of America 1970 – )

Mountains, valleys, caves
Media category
Materials used
fiberglass, synthetic polymer paint
2/3 + 1 AP

95.0 x 146.5 x 91.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2014
Accession number
© James Angus, Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Not on display
Further information

James Angus is a sculptor who distorts scale, volume and form in a practice that addresses the themes, materials, and processes of architecture, design, and nature. Angus' 'Mountains, valleys, caves' 2005 is an expansion upon the artist's sculptural exploration of the relationship between abstraction and figuration. The wave and trough forms are at once artificial and organic, recalling mathematical graphs as well as landscape.

'Mountains valleys, caves' 2005 was designed by the artist on a computer using engineering software mouldCAM, and is based upon principles of monocoque, in which an object's surface absorbs the weight and stress of its structure. The inverted underside contrasted with the protruding exterior exploits negative and positive space.

Bibliography (4)

Christopher Chapman, Portrait, 'Abstraction and figuration', pg. 16-19, Canberra, Summer 2009, 17, 18 (colour illus.). not AGNSW version

Andrew Frost, Australian art collector, 'Roslyn Oxley and her collections', pg. 122-123, Sydney, Apr 2006-Jun 2006, 123 (colour illus.). not AGNSW version

Rachel Kent, James Angus, 'Shape shifter: the art of James Angus', pg. 7-70, 2006, 11, 56 (colour illus.), 57, 58-59 (colour illus.), 78.

Bronwyn Watson, Weekend Australian, 'Public works', pg. 13, Surry Hills, 07 May 2011, 13. not AGNSW version

Exhibition history (1)

James Angus: