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James Angus

Australia, United States of America

1970 –

Alternate image of Mosquito by James Angus
Alternate image of Mosquito by James Angus
Alternate image of Mosquito by James Angus
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number
    © James Angus, Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Melbourne Art Fair 2004, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Melbourne, 29 Sep 2004–03 Oct 2004

    • James Angus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 13 Sep 2006–26 Nov 2006

      James Angus, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley, 02 Jun 2007–28 Jul 2007

      James Angus, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 22 Sep 2007–06 Nov 2007

      James Angus, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 24 Nov 2007–02 Mar 2008

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Rachel Kent, James Angus, 2006, 50-51 (colour illus.), 74, 78.

Other works by James Angus

See all 6 works