A visual artist based in Banff on the north Aberdeenshire coast, Scottish artist Bryan Angus was recently awarded the People’s Choice Prize for our Linocut Competition. His inspiration stems from the beauty of the land, the drama of the landscape near to where he resides. We asked Bryan a few questions surrounding his practice…
Christine: What do you find particularly appealing about linocutting as a process?
Bryan: Three things – it works very well with the graphic nature of the pictures I make and my drawing skills; I enjoy the carving process, the craft skill adds a fascinating dimension to the making of an image and is very therapeutic to do; lastly, the nature of multiples means my work can be seen further and owned by more people.
Christine: What inspires your linocuts?
Bryan: I’m inspired by the coast where I live, the drama of the land and sea meeting. But the common themes in my work are the character of architecture, the atmosphere of weather and different light conditions and the dynamic spaces we make around buildings.
Christine: Where is the majority of your work created? What’s your studio space like?
Bryan: My studio is in my house in Banff, and is where I make my work. It’s not very large and I can’t really work on oils and pastels when I am printing, so I have to change it round each time I change materials. It has a bay window facing south, which is a pain if painting, but when I’m cutting lino is a boon, to work in a good raking light (we are very far north), that also warms up the lino.
Christine: Does teaching/tutoring inform your work at all?
Bryan: I have been running art holidays and short course weekends at our business The Creative Retreat for over 10 years now. Teaching really has had a good input to my work for a number of reasons – a central one is the fact you need to articulate your ideas that have only as yet had the non-verbal treatment in the making. It has clarified to me what I am trying to do and helped in directing my ideas. When I hear myself giving advice about loosening up, looking for new source material, trying new things – I know I should be listening to it too.
Christine: What are you working on at the moment?
Bryan: I’m working on a few prints inspired by a two week stay/residency in Istanbul I had in January this year. I’ve already made a few images based on that very inspiring time, but these are bigger and perhaps more advanced ideas, looking at the nature of the built environment there. Huge changes have happened, are happening, where much of the old housing and history of the city is being ‘improved’ out of existence. The clash of old and new are fascinating.
Christine: Where can we see more of your work?
The image at the top is titled ‘Sandend Storm’ by Bryan Angus and is a two colour linoprint.