Max Angus


Max Angus, Rooster Brand apple label (Tasmaniana Library, SLT)

Max Rupert Angus AM (b 1914), landscape and portrait painter in oils and watercolour; author, illustrator and commercial artist. Born in Tasmania, he studied under Lucien Dechaineux and Mildred Lovett, 19312, then studied graphic design in Melbourne, 193841. Joining the army, he was attached to general intelligence headquarters, Brisbane. On returning to Hobart, he studied under Jack Carington Smith and gained a fine art diploma in 1950. From 1956 to 1972 he designed and illustrated ABC Broadcast booklets, and in 1962 he won the Crouch Prize for Watercolour. In 1975 he designed and wrote The World of Olegas Truchanas, and Simpkinson de Wesselow which won the Galley award in 1984. He also published A Salute to Watercolour in 1996. Awarded the Order of Australia in 1978, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London) in 1988. He has exhibited constantly since 1946, and is represented in Australian gallery collections and overseas.

Further reading: M Angus, Max Angus, Devonport, 1988.

Patricia Giles