Originally from Wollongong, Angus moved to Sydney to study at the National Art School, graduating with First Class Honours in Printmaking in 2006. His interests turned to painting in 2007. In 2008 he joined Les Rice, whom he’d met at art school, at LDF Tattoo. He served a full apprenticeship under Les and didn’t pick up a machine for the first 12 months of his training.
Angus’s work as a painter has been showcased in four solo exhibitions and a number of group exhibitions. He has taught at the National Art School, is a skilled draftsman and has also worked as a court sketch artist.
His work as a tattooist has a wide, impressive range with a leaning – perhaps a result of all the formal training – towards realism. There is a delicacy and an intensity to many of his pieces, often simultaneously.
The inspiration behind it all is quite simple: “I do it because I love pictures. There’s something beautiful about taking a blank surface, and turning it into something.”
And if he wasn’t able to tattoo or paint?
“I’d be a lighthouse keeper.”
Angus works at the Marrickville studio Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Follow his work on Instagram: @true_grim