Angus Adameitis is one of the most adventurous artists among a new generation of impressive and important sculptors. Ron Robertson–Swann
Since graduating from the National Art School (NAS) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 1999, Angus Adameitis has been forming a successful career by boldly pushing the boundaries of material and form.
Motivated by material, Adameitis's works often feature combinations of 'hard' edged geometric pieces and 'soft' almost 'tenderised' pieces of scrap steel. The latter offers a probing examination of the theories of metal malleability. Blue suede twist is an excellent example of how these fluctuations in form and texture work harmoniously together to provide the works with strength and personality.
A regular exhibitor, Angus shows in both solo and group exhibitions regional galleries and outdoor exhibitions such as Sculpture by the Sea in Australia and Denmark.
Angus lives and works in Sydney's inner west.
Using a thick pen or crayon, draw the sculpture without looking at the paper or lifting the pen (haptic drawing). Do this several times, select the best version and then shade each plane of drawing
Compare Blue suede twist to one of the Lyndon Dadswell works in the exhibition. What are the similarities and differences?
Visit Angus's artist website, select your favourite work from the gallery and explain your choice.
Experiment with a range of 'soft' (paper, fabric, clay) and 'hard' (cardboard, wood, perspex) sculptural materials to create a work that reflects the sensibilities of both.
Discuss this quote: His sculptures are voluptuous, using the contrasts and interactions between the implied soft; crushed and twisted elements and the more geometric sections as well as a play against the rigidity of the pedestal. Ron Robertson – Swann OAM on Angus Adameitis' work.
Imagine you are the Curator at BRAG and you have been tasked with purchasing another two works by Angus for the collection. Visit the artist's website, view the works and make your selection based on a curatorial premise: works that articulate the progression of the artist's work. Explain your choices.
IMAGES: Angus Adameitis Blue Suede Twist 2005. enamel on steel. 56 x 41 x 27 cm. Gift of Peter Jackson under the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. Photo: Clare Lewis. Portrait: Adameitis M G Dingle & G B Hughes Collection.