Local Artist Angus McDonald pictured at his Lennox Head studio.
Local Artist Angus McDonald pictured at his Lennox Head studio. Patrick Gorbunovs

Peeling back art layers

HOW better to gain insight into the dynamic world of art than by hearing a three-time Archibald Prize nominee mull it over with a renowned Sydney art collector in a Byron restaurant?

Lennox Head artist Angus McDonald and his promoter, Tim Olsen, son of well- known Australian artist John Olsen, will chat about all things arty in front of listeners at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa on Thursday, August 9.

"I make art and he promotes artists and their art, so we've got different perspectives," McDonald said.

The pair have known each other since 1995, one year after McDonald graduated from the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney.

"Art has been embraced by a lot more people in Australia than when I started," he said.

"There's a lot more artists now than there were, a lot more people collecting art and a lot more galleries."

As the art world has changed, so has McDonald's approach to making art.

"At first, I did a lot of still-life paintings with plain objects, but in the past few years I've started to evolve," he said. "I'm playing around with acrylic, water colours and sculpture now.

"Every artist wants to explore and discover new things. It's more exciting to continually look for challenges in your work."

With a distinguished list of credits and 17 years experience to his name, McDonald has a wealth of wisdom when it comes to making art. He lived and worked on the Greek Island of Leros for five years and travelled to Antarctica to paint in 2006 and 2008.

"The truth is, every artist's ambition is to do it full-time," he said.



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