Monday, 14 April 2014

Peggy Angus at the Printers!



From the website of Antique Collectors' Club:

Born in Chile in 1904 (to Scottish parents), Peggy moved as a child to London. A student of the Royal College of Art in the 1920s, her contemporaries included Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Enid Marx and Helen Binyon. 

Peggy travelled extensively throughout her life, she captured places, people and scenes of everyday life with an intuitive perception. The portraits she painted are highly original; the designs she created for the wallpapers and ceramics that furnished her interiors are uniquely styled. 

Following WWII she began producing patterned tiles, adapting the design skills she had taught in the classroom, and up to the 1950s her colourful and decorative tile murals, commissioned by Carters of Poole, were used in a range of newly constructed buildings. Her success in this area prompted her to experiment with wallpaper design, creating a diverse body of work that carries echoes of an artist and designer whom she admired greatly, William Morris. 

Combining biography with a critical analysis of her work, this richly illustrated book aims both to celebrate Peggy's life and remarkable career and to bring it to the attention of a new generation.

'Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter' is published by Antique Collectors' Club in June.

5 comments:

Dickie Straker said...

Fantastic news James! Can't wait for your book - adore PA's work. Also looking forward to The Towner exhibition in July too - are you planning any Peggy talks to coincide with the book coming out? Best of luck with it all, Dickie

Gail Brodholt said...

Excellent - I'll look out for your book. I also love her work...

James Russell said...

Thanks Dickie and Gail - yes, I'm sure I'll be giving a talk at Towner... the exhibition opens 12 July so it will be around then sometime.

towner said...

Really looking forward to seeing the book here at Towner! We are featuring it on our exhibition page now too: http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/peggy-angus/

Anonymous said...

I wish I was in the UK to see this. I have such fond memories of supper one evening in Furlongs with Peggy and Ursula Monmons back in the late 1980s. After supper we ajourned to the sitting room, decorated with her wallpapers and Ravillious paintings, where Peggy regaled us with Scottish ballades.

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