Angus Taylor

Angus Taylor

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Angus Taylor (1970) is well known in South Africa and abroad for his powerful, often large, works of sculpture, characterized by outstanding craftsmanship and the use of alternative and natural materials. He focuses on the material process with a direct flow through the artist as collaborator, and the material as conveyer of meaning. From the conceptual development through to the end result he “interrogates” his materials and uses them as signifiers of thought while also aiming to make art that communicates with viscera. In his view of “public art without an agenda”, referring to the absence of political and cultural baggage of the past, he replaced traditional heroes with male figures portraying something of the heroism of the common person, with male figures transcending overt stereotypes. Therefore, his sculptures read as neither black nor white, but rather as inclusive and above all accessible and inviting forms, as anti-monuments.

CV OF ANGUS VAN ZYL TAYLOR (1970 – )
Born in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa | Works in Pretoria, South Africa

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
Quarried Consciousness, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2020
Immanence / Transcendance, Everard Read Gallery London

2017
In the middle of it, Everard Read Gallery, London In the middle of it, Everard Read Gallery, Rosebank In the middle of it, Circa Gallery, Cape Town

2015
New Work, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria

2014
From Explicit to Implicit, Everard Read, Johannesburg

2011
Bibliography of material, Everard Read, Cape Town

2010
New Work, CIRCA on Jellicoe, Johannesburg
Re-visiting the Aardklop Exhibition, CIRCA on Jellicoe, Johannesburg
Klont. Dialoog met Grond’, Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom

2008
Momentary Permanence, Everard Read, Johannesburg

2006
Deduct, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Deduct, Grand Provence Gallery, Francshhoek
Deduct, Campus Gallery, Potchefstroom

2005
Corporeal, Art Space, Johannesburg

2004
Recent work, Dorpstraat Gallery, Stellenbosch

2003
Barefoot, Baggage Free, Mind’s-I, Pretoria
Barefoot, Baggage Free, Bronze Age Sculpture House, Simonstown

2000
Africana & other baggage, Gallery 88, Sasolburg

1999
Africana & other baggage, Open Window Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria

ART FAIRS

2020
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

2019
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Masterpiece Art Fair, Everard Read, London, UK

2018
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

2017
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

2015
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
1:54 London Art Fair, Somerset House, London

2014
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

2013
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sydney, Australia

2012F
NB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
India Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Delhi, India

2011
Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

2010
Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

2009
Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

2008
Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

EXHIBTIONS

2021
In Conversation, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2020
The Portrait Show, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa Staring Straight to the Future, (online exhibition) Everard Read Bronze, Steel, Stone & Bone, Everard Read, London, UK
TINY, Everard Read Rosebank, Johannesburg, SA PINK, Everard Read Rosebank, Johannesburg, SA

2019
Southern Aspect, Everard Read, London, UK
21 Years of curating the cube, curated by Annali Dempsey, UJ Art Gallery, JHB
Art Angels Africa, Charity Auction, Ellerman House, Western Cape, SA
Make A Difference Leadership Foundation, Charity Auction, Johannesburg

2017
Tacit, travelling exhibition in celebration of DSW’s 20th birthday, Pretoria Art Museum
Rethinking Kakotopia, UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Summer, Everard Read Gallery, London
Bronze steel and stone II, Everard Read Gallery, London
Summer showcase, Everard Read Gallery, Rosebank
Snake eyes, curated by Found Collective, Aardklop National Arts Festival, NWU Botanical Garden Gallery, Potchefstroom
Winter Collection, Circa Gallery, Cape Town
Art Angels Africa, Charity Auction, St. Martin’s Lane, London.

2016
Bronze steel & stone, Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
Tacit, travelling exhibition in celebration of DSW’s 20th birthday, NWU Gallery Potchefstroom
Tacit, travelling exhibition in celebration of DSW’s 20th birthday, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
Bronze steel and stone II, Everard Read Gallery, London
Saadjies, Cool Capital Project, Travelling exhibition, Venice/Pretoria/Richmond/ Potchefstroom/Stellenbosch

2015
Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox sculpture park, Cradle of Humankind
Capital: Present, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
Gran Cavallo, World Art Day, Pretoria Arts Association Drawing exhibition, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria Bronze steel & stone, Everard Read, Rosebank
Monologue, in collaboration with Gerhard Schoeman, curated by Meredith Randall, Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom

2014
Jozi Site Specific, Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg
Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox sculpture park, Cradle of Humankind
Tokara Summer Showcase, Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
July Showcase, Is Art Gallery, Franschhoek
30 x 30 Met Woord en Beeld, Breytenbach Gallery, Wellington
Cool Capital DIY Guerilla Biennale, Pretoria
Syncopation, Clover Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom

2013
Heavy metal, Southern Guild, Woodstock foundry, Cape Town.
Hiernamaals, Land art exhibition, Plettenburg bay.
3 Avenue Marina, IS Art, Private exhibition, Franschhoek.
After the Rainbow Nation, Nirox sculpture park, Cradle of Humankind.
Engage, Pretoria art association, Pretoria.
Group exhibition, William Humphreys art gallery, Kimberly DSW group exhibition, Pretoria Art association, Pretoria Centenary exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Re-envisioning the Anglo-Boer War, University of the Freestate, Bloemfontein.
WWF auction, Everard Read gallery, Johannesburg
Centenary exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Tom Waits for No Man, travelling exhibition curated by Gordon Froud, University of Johannesburg/Grande Provence Wine Estate/Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees/ Johannes Stegmann Gallery, Bloemfontein

2012
The Rainbow Nation, Contemporary South African Sculpture, Lange Voorhout Museum Beelden aan zee, Den Haag.
The Rainbow nation, Contemporary South African Sculpture, Museum Beelden aan zee, Den Haag.
The Winter show, Group show, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
The Winter show, Group show, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.

2011
Angus Taylor & Jacqueline Crewe-Brown, Is Art, Franschhoek
Site Specific group show, Plettenberg bay
Room Mates with Paul Boulitreau, Potchefstroom and UJ art gallery
Dislodge (Loswikkel), Angus Taylor and Rina Stutzer, UJ art gallery, Johannesburg
The Horse Show, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg Twenty: Stellenbosch, Smac Art, Stellenbosch Dimensions, Fried contemporary, Pretoria
Friend – Request – Sent, The Cube, Bussum, Amsterdam

2010
Twenty: South African Sculpture of the Last Two Decades, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg
Divisions: Aspects of South African Art 1948 – 2010, Smac, Stellenbosch
Games People Play, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
University of Pretoria Visual Art Staff Exhibition, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
Sculpture Garden, Opening exhibition, IS Art, Franschhoek
Group show, Trent Art, Pretoria
Artists to Save the Environment, Trent Art, Pretoria

2009
Great South African Nude Exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg
Dorsiduct, 47 Market Street, George

2007
Africa, Cork Street Gallery, London
Decadence, Grand Provence Gallery, Franschhoek
The DAVID Exhibition curated by Lisa Essers, Michelangelo Towers, Johannesburg

2006
Corpus Colossus, Godart, Johannesburg
Creative Creatures, Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom

2005
Funky Functional, Gordart, Johannesburg
Porn Again, Merely Mortal, Johannesburg
Absa Atelier national art competition exhibition, ABSA, Johannesburg
Group exhibition, Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein

2004
Off the Record – on the record, Aardklop National Art Festival, Potchefstroom
Off the Record – on the record, Gordart, Johannesburg
DSW exhibition, Gordart @ The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg
Opening exhibition, Art.co.za Gallery, Johannesburg
Angus Taylor & Jacqueline Crewe-Brown, Wizards Gallery, Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg
CowParade for CHOC, Sotherby’s and Stephan Welz auction, Johannesburg

2003
Dawid’s Choice, Dorpstraat Gallery, Stellenbosch
Opening exhibition, Bronze Age Sculpture House, Simonstown
St. Valentine’s, Mind’s-I, Pretoria
Group exhibition, Gallery 88, Sasolburg
Opening exhibition, Gordart @ The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg

2002
Drawing conclusions, curated by Diane Victor, National Art Association, Pretoria
Sasol Wax group show, WAM, Sasolburg
A Show of Angels, The Open Window Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria

PUBLIC ART

2021
Composite Nurse, Cast Bronze, Zuid Afrikaans Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa

2020
Adrift, Cast bronze, rammed earth and granite, Moja Gabedi community garden, Pretoria, South Africa. In association with the University of Pretoria

2019
Holderstebolder, carved Belfast granite, steel & concrete, Max Towers, New Delhi, India
Sculpture Commission for “Shell House”, Johannesburg
Long ears over wheat ears, donkey ears ago, carved Belfast granite, bronze, steel & concrete, Hazendal Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

2018
Holderstebolder, carved Belfast granite, steel & concrete, Norval Foundation Museum, Cape Town
The universal child, cast bronze, patina, Belfast granite, red jasper, black banded chert, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Johannesburg
Son of the soil – kinders van hierdie klippe, “The Club”, Hazelwood, Pretoria

2017
Conduit, rammed earth and stone, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
Dionysus, carved Belfast granite, steel & concrete, Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Equestrian Evolution, carved Belfast granite, steel & concrete, Kyalami Square, Kyalami
Reflective Resonance, cast bronze, patina, Belfast granite, Sydney, Australia.
Stick Figures art intervention, Sasol Place sculpture project, Sasol, Sandton

2016
Reflective Resonance, cast bronze, patina, Belfast granite, Botswana
Entangled Head in Bronze III Sculpture Commission for Rand Merchant Bank, Sandton
Homing the future, homing the past, cast bronze, steel, stainless steel, Corner Place, Pretoria
Portrait of a pig, cast bronze and patina, Eskort Headquarters, Irene
Homage to the foundation on which everything is built, carved Belfast granite, steel & concrete, 1 on Mutual, Pretoria

2015
Longview, carved Belfast Granite, Gordons Bay
Reflective Resonance, Cast bronze & Belfast Granite, Klein Dassenberg Wine Estate, Franschhoek
Belated wake (floating heads), rammed earth, cement fondu, stone, Namibia
Three little pigs (collaboration with Dionysus Sculpture Works studio), cast concrete, bronze and patina, Stellenbosch Square

2014
Untitled, mixed media sculpture, Waterfall development, Midrand.
Untitled, mixed media sculpture, Kayalami mall, Pretoria.
Lady on a donkey, Hoërskool Waterkloof, Pretoria

2013
Untitled, mixed media installation, Hatfield Growthpoint properties, Pretoria.
Adam Kok III, Life size Bronze, Heritage project, Pretoria.
Untitled, mixed media sculpture, Northcliff square, Johannesburg.
Untitled, mixed media installation, Cradlestone Mall, Krugersdorp.
Fractals I, Tokara Delicatessen Sculpture park, Franschhoek.

2012
Layers of mind, mixed media sculpture, OBZ Square, University of Cape Town.
Van hier tot daar, Permanent slate installation, University of the Freestate, Bloemfontein.
Layers of Being, The Rainbow Nation, Contemporary South African Sculpture, Lange Voorhout Museum Beelden aan zee, Den Haag.
Layers of mind and metal, Permanent mixed media installation, Newcastle Mall, Newcastle.
A crossing of tangible truths, Mixed media installation, Platinum square, Rustenburg.
Pixley Ka Seme, Life size bronze, Heritage project, Bloemfontein.

2011
Grounded, Rammed Earth and Bronze cast, Eldo square, Eldoraign, Pretoria
Grounded,Ungrounded I, Bronze cast, Lynnwood Bridge, Pretoria
Grounded,Ungrounded II, Bronze cast, Lynnwood Bridge, Pretoria

2010
Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Apple Mac Head Quarters, Johannesburg
Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Damme, Belgium.
Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Whistler, Vancouver, Canada
Hier, a permanent slate installation at Ellerman House, Bantrey Bay, Cape Town
Little Mamma Africa, permanent slate installation at Attreridgeville Super Stadium in conjunction with Dionysus sculpture works
Drift, a biodegradable installation for Aardklop, Potchefstroom Botanical Gardens
The One Brother and the Dark Cloud, Cast bronze & stainless steel, Corner of Eastwood and Park street (by Loftus Versfeld Stadium), local Pretoria
Adrift, granite head at Waterkloof Corner Shopping Centre, Pretoria

2009
Momentary Permanence, Belfast granite and bronze figures at Brooklyn bridge, Pretoria

2008
Centenary Sculptures, Granite and Bronze cast, Merensky Library walkway, University of Pretoria
Three Granite Figures, Granite, University of Pretoria

2007
Co-presence (Apollonian-Dionysian), Steel and stainless steel cast, Irene Village Mall, Centurion
The Udder Side (collaboration with Dionysus Sculpture Works studio), concrete, bronze & patina, Irene Village Mall, Centurion

PUBLIC TALKS AND LECTURES

2021
Master Class sessions, third year Fine Art students with a focus on public sculpture and installations, University of Pretoria, May
Webinar Series ‘South-South Dialogues’: The poetry discovered through engaging with materials. Conversation with Paloma Torres, moderated by Barbara Rousseaux.

2020
Master Class sessions, third year Fine Art students with a focus on sculpture and installations, University of Pretoria, Sep

2019
Master Class sessions, third year Fine Art students with a focus on sculpture, University of Pretoria, May

2018
Lecture, first year Fine Art students, University of Pretoria, January
Sit en Staan, Aspire Art auctions, Deodor House, Johannesburg, February Rabbi Cyril Harris community centre, Johannesburg, August

2017
Guest speaker at SAIA (South African Institute of Architects) year-end function, Polokwane, November

2016
Lecture, fourth year Fine Art students, University of Pretoria, March
The Hand in Sculpture, 20th AC Boonzaier Lecture at The South African Society for Surgery of the Hand Congress, CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria, 28 August
Studio time with Angus Taylor, RMB Private Bank Investors, Dionysus Sculpture Works November

2015
Activating Space 2.0, IDEA Conference (Inspiring Design Entertaining Architecture), CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, 22 September
How I make Art, TEDx Johannesburg, Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg, 19 November Art, Wealth, the Gift of Experience and Art Collecting, Citadel Investment Group, IS Art, Franschhoek, 22 April
Studio time with Angus Taylor, RMB Private Bank Investors, Dionysus Sculpture Works, 12 March
Studio time with Angus Taylor, Private Escort directors function, Dionysus Sculpture Works, 26 November

2013
Functional art, Ellerman House, Cape Town, 2013 – 2017

2012
Lecture on Professional Art Practice, second years Fine Art students, University of Pretoria, September

PUBLICATIONS

2021
Mind Through Materials, Angus Taylor, Scheidegger & Spiess, Switzerland.
Quarried Consciousness solo exhibition catalogue at Everard Read Cape Town, digital

2020
Immanence | Transcendence solo exhibition catalogue at Everard Read London, digital

2017
In the middle of it solo exhibition at Everard Read London catalogue
Son of African soil: monumental sculptures by Angus Taylor

2015
Ellerman House Wine Gallery, edited by Sean O’Toole, Cape Town: Ellerman House

2014
From explicit to implicit solo exhibition at Everard Read catalogue

2010
New Work solo exhibition at Circa Gallery catalogue, published by Everard Read.

2010
Momentary Permanence solo exhibition at Everard Read Gallery catalogue

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

2017
Helgaard Steyn Award for Sculpture

2015
Speaker at TedX Johannesburg

2010
Festival artist, Aardklop National Arts Festival

2005
University of Pretoria, Alumni Laureate

1994
The Eduardo Villa Best Sculpture Student (University of Pretoria) 1st Prize – PPC Young Sculptors Award

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

•Beelden aan Zee Museum, The Hague, Netherlands
•Ellerman House, Bantry Bay, Cape Town
•Leeu Estates, Franschhoek
•Nirox Foundation Collection and Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp
•North-West University, Potchefstroom
•Norval Foundation Museum, Steenberg, Cape Town
•Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein
•Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
•Rand Merchant Bank
•Saronsberg Wine Estate, Tulbach
•Sasol Head Office, Sandton
•The Marvelous Collection
•Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
•University of Pretoria, Pretoria
•University of the Freestate, Bloemfontein
•William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
•White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia

NOTABLE VIDEO INTERVIEWS

2018
Interview with White Rabbit Collection in Australia: https://vimeo.com/250735828

2017
Everard Read London interview Angus Taylor: https://youtu.be/GHo3qBxPNT4
Art Angels London video by Rhino Foundation: https://youtu.be/0bjp3fjOisU

2015
How I make art, talk presented to TEDx Johannesburg: https://youtu.be/uhiHFNViYHI

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