Australia, United States of America
James Angus is one of Australia’s most accomplished contemporary artists, highly regarded for his imaginative sculptures that blur the distinction between fiction and reality. Angus is skilled and knowledgeable in traditional and contemporary sculpting techniques, from modelling with clay to using computer programs to design and execute sculptures that appear to be physically implausible. This work is based upon a 1930s mosquito model Angus saw in the collection of the Natural History Museum, New York. With the assistance of a computer program, Angus has abstracted the insect, remodelling it with geometric appendages and a chequered, two-toned veneer epidermis.
polyurethane and wood veneer
3 + AP 1
mosquito: 45.0 x 79.5 x 105.0 cm plinth: 9.5 x 86.4 x 120.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Eleonora and Michael Triguboff 2019. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© James Angus, Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Melbourne Art Fair 2004, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Melbourne, 29 Sep 2004–03 Oct 2004
Referenced in 1 publication
Rachel Kent, James Angus, 2006, 50-51 (colour illus.), 74, 78.