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Artist Biography

Angus van Zyl Taylor was born in 1970 in a hospital in Hillbrow to a journalist father and a mother trained in painting. He grew up in the Vaal Triangle, Gauteng, South Africa.

After school Angus travelled around South Africa, went to the army and studied fine Arts at the University of Pretoria and graduated with honours in 1997.

In 1994 he won the P.P.C. National Young Sculptor Award.

After tutoring in drawing and Sculpture he started his own business in 1995.

He took part in many group exhibitions as well as a solo exhibition in 1999 "Africana and other baggage".

In 1998 he started a company called D.S.W. (Dionysus Sculpture Works) and have since completed numerous commissions for the Government, Councils, the C.S.I.R. and more recently, global resorts.

Artist CV

Born in 1970 in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa

Works in Pretoria, South Africa

Education

  • BA Fine Arts Degree – University of Pretoria

    Employment

  • 1994 – 1995 Tutor at University of Pretoria – Fine art drawing & Sculpture
  • 1996 – 1997 Ashanti Art Foundry - Manager
  • 1997 – Current, Self-employed – Dionysus Sculpture Works
  • Part Time Lecturer - Pretoria Technikon, University of Pretoria and The Open Window

    Awards

  • 1994 Best Sculpture Student (UP)
  • 1994 1st Prize – PPC Young Sculpture Award

    Solo Exhibitions

    1999: Africana & Other Baggage - The Open Window Contemporary Gallery (Pretoria)

    2000: Africana & Other Baggage - Gallery 88 (Sasolburg)

    2003: Barefoot, baggage free - Bronze Age Sculpture House (Simonstown)

    2003: Barefoot, baggage free - Mind's-I (Pretoria)

    2004: Recent work - Dorpstraat Gallery (Stellenbosch)

    2005: Corporeal - Art Space (Johannesburg)

    2006: Deduct - University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (Johannesburg)

    2006: Deduct - Grand Provence Gallery (Francshhoek)

    2006: Deduct - Campus Gallery (Potchefstroom)

    2008: Momentary Permanence - Everard Read (Johannesburg)

    2010: New Work - CIRCA on Jellicoe (Johannesburg)

    2010: Re-visiting the Aardklop Exhibition - CIRCA on Jellicoe (Johannesburg)

    2010: 'Klont. Dialoog met Grond' - Aardklop (Potchefstroom)

    2011: Bibliography of material - Everard Read (Cape Town)

    2014: From Explicit to Implicit - Everard Read (Johannesburg)

    2015: New Work - Fried Contemporary (Pretoria)

    Group Exhibitions

    2002:

  • Drawing conclusions, curated by Diane Victor - National Art Association (Pretoria)
  • Sasol Wax group show - WAM (Sasolburg )
  • A show of angels - The Open Window Contemporary Gallery (Pretoria)

    2003:

  • Dawid’s choice - Dorpstraat Gallery (Stellenbosch )
  • Opening exhibition - Bronze Age Sculpture House (Simonstown)
  • St. Valentine's - Mind's-I (Pretoria)
  • Group exhibition - Gallery 88 (Sasolburg)
  • Opening exhibition - Gordart @ The Thompson Gallery (Johannesburg)

    2004:

  • Off the record - on the record - Aardklop Art Festival (Potchefstroom)
  • Off the record - on the record - Gordart (Johannesburg)
  • DSW exhibition - Gordart @ The Thompson Gallery (Johannesburg)
  • Opening exhibition - Art.co.za Gallery (Johannesburg)
  • Angus Taylor & Jacqueline Crewe-Brown - Wizards Gallery, Hyde Park Corner (Johannesburg)
  • CowParade for CHOC - Sotheby's and Stephan Welz auction (Johannesburg)

    2005:

  • Funky Functional - Gordart (Johannesburg)
  • Porn Again - Merely Mortal (Johannesburg)
  • Absa Atelier National Art Competition Exhibition - ABSA (Johannesburg )
  • Group exhibition - Oliewenhuis Museum (Bloemfontein )

    2006:

  • Corpus Colossus - Gordart (Johannesburg)
  • Creative Creatures - Aardklop (Potchefstroom)

    2007:

  • The DAVID Exhibition curated by Lisa Essers - Michelangelo Towers (Johannesburg)
  • Decadence - Grand Provence Gallery (Franschhoek)
  • Africa - Cork Street Gallery (London)

    2008:

  • Joburg Art Fair with Everard Read - Sandton Convention Centre (Johannesburg)

    2009:

  • Great South African Nude Exhibition - Everard Read (Johannesburg)
  • Dorsiduct - 47 Market Street (George)
  • Joburg Art Fair with Everard Read - Sandton Convention Centre (Johannesburg)

    2010:

  • Twenty: South African Sculpture of the Last Two Decades - Nirox Sculpture Park (Johannesburg)
  • Divisions: Aspects of South African Art 1948 – 2010 - SMAC Gallery (Stellenbosch)
  • Games People Play - Fried Contemporary (Pretoria)
  • University of Pretoria Visual Art Staff Exhibition - Fried Contemporary (Pretoria)
  • Joburg Art Fair with Everard Read - Sandton Convention Centre (Johannesburg)
  • Sculpture Garden, Opening exhibition - IS Art (Franschhoek)
  • Group show - Trent Art (Pretoria)
  • Artists to Save the Environment - Trent Art (Pretoria)

    2011:

  • Angus Taylor & Jacqueline Crewe-Brown - Is Art (Franschhoek)
  • Site Specific Group Show - Plettenberg bay
  • Room mates with Paul Boulitreau - Potchefstroom and UJ Art Gallery (Johannesburg)
  • Dislodge (loswikkel), Angus Taylor and Rina Stutzer - UJ art gallery (Johannesburg)
  • The horse show - Nirox Foundation (Johannesburg)
  • Joburg Art Fair with Everard Read - Sandton Convention Centre (Johannesburg)
  • Twenty: Stellenbosch - SMAC Gallery (Stellenbosch)
  • Tokara Delicatessen (Franschhoek)
  • Dimensions - Fried contemporary (Pretoria)

    2012:

  • The Rainbow Nation, Contemporary South African Sculpture - Lange Voorhout Museum Beelden aan zee (Den Haag)
  • The Rainbow nation, Contemporary South African Sculpture - Museum Beelden aan zee (Den Haag)
  • The Winter show, Group show - Everard Read Gallery (Johannesburg)
  • The Winter show, Group show - Everard Read Gallery (Cape Town)
  • Joburg Art Fair with Everard Read - Sandton Convention Centre (Johannesburg)

    2013:

  • Heavy metal, Southern Guild Group exhibition, - Woodstock foundry (Cape Town)
  • Hiernamaals, Group land art exhibition - Plettenburg bay
  • 3 Avenue Marina, Private Group exhibition - IS Art (Franschhoek)
  • After the Rainbow Nation - Nirox sculpture park (Cradle of Humankind)
  • Engage Group Exhibition - Pretoria Art Association (Pretoria)
  • Group exhibition - William Humphreys Art Gallery (Kimberly)
  • DSW Group Exhibition - Pretoria Art Association (Pretoria)
  • Centenary Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery (Johannesburg)
  • Re-envisioning the Anglo-Boer War Exhibition - University of the Free State (Bloemfontein)
  • Joburg Art Fair with Everard Read - Sandton Convention Centre (Johannesburg)
  • WWF auction - Everard Read gallery (Johannesburg)
  • Sydney contemporary Art Fair - Sydney (Australia)
  • Centenary Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery (Cape Town)

    2014:

  • Jozi Site Specific - Emmarentia Dam (Johannesburg)
  • Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair Group Exhibition - Nirox sculpture park (Cradle of Humankind)
  • Tokara Summer Showcase Group Exhibition - Tokara Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)
  • July Showcase group exhibition - IS Art Gallery (Franschhoek)
  • 30 x 30 met word en beeld group exhibition - Breytenbach Gallery (Wellington)
  • Joburg Art Fair with Everard Read - Sandton Convention Centre (Johannesburg)
  • Cool Capital DIY Guerilla Biennale (Pretoria)
  • Syncopation group exhibition - Clover Aardklop Arts Festival (Potchefstroom)

    2015:

  • Capital: Present group exhibition - Fried Contemporary (Pretoria)
  • Gran Cavallo group-exhibition, World Art Day - Pretoria Arts Association (Pretoria)
  • Drawing exhibition - Fried Contemporary (Pretoria)
  • Bronze steel & stone group exhibition - Everard Read (Johannesburg)
  • 1:54 London Art Fair - Somerset House (London)

    2016:

  • Bronze steel & stone group exhibition - Mount Nelson Hotel (Cape Town)
  • Tacit: 20 years on, Travelling Group Exhibition in celebration of DSW’s 20th birthday

    Public Art

    2007: Co-presence (Apollonian-Dionysian), Steel and stainless steel cast, Irene Village Mall, Centurion

    2008: Centenary Sculptures, Granite and Bronze cast, Merensky Library walkway, University of Pretoria

    2008: Three Granite Figures, Granite, University of Pretoria

    2009: Momentary Permanence, Belfast granite and bronze figures at Brooklyn bridge, Pretoria

    2010:

  • Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Apple Mac Head Quarters, Johannesburg
  • Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Damme, Belgium.
  • Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Whistler, Vancouver, Canada
  • Hier, a permanent slate installation at Ellerman House, Bantrey Bay, Cape Town
  • Little Mamma Africa, permanent slate installation at Attreridgeville Super Stadium in conjunction with Dionysus sculpture works
  • Drift, a biodegradable installation for Aardklop, Potchefstroom Botanical Gardens
  • The One Brother and the Dark Cloud, Cast bronze & stainless steel, Corner of Eastwood and Park street (by Loftus Versfeld Stadium), Pretoria
  • Adrift, granite head at Waterkloof Corner Shopping Centre, Pretoria

    2011:

  • Grounded, Rammed Earth and Bronze cast, Eldo square, Eldoraigne, Pretoria
  • Grounded,Ungrounded I, Bronze cast, Lynnwood Bridge, Pretoria
  • Grounded,Ungrounded II, Bronze cast, Lynnwood Bridge, Pretoria

    2012:

  • Layers of mind, mixed media sculpture, OBZ Square, University of Cape Town.
  • Van hier tot daar, Permanent slate installation, University of the Freestate, Bloemfontein.
  • Layers of Being, The Rainbow Nation, Contemporary South African Sculpture, Lange Voorhout Museum Beelden aan zee, Den Haag.
  • Layers of mind and metal, Permanent mixed media installation, Newcastle Mall, Newcastle.
  • A crossing of tangible truths, Mixed media installation, Platinum square, Rustenburg.
  • Pixley Ka Seme, Life size bronze, Heritage project, Bloemfontein.

    2013:

  • Untitled, mixed media installation, Hatfield Growthpoint properties, Pretoria.
  • Adam Kok III, Life size Bronze, Heritage project, Pretoria.
  • Untitled, mixed media sculpture, Northcliff square, Johannesburg.
  • Untitled, mixed media installation, Cradlestone Mall, Krugersdorp.

    2014:

  • Untitled, mixed media sculpture, Waterfall development, Midrand.
  • Untitled, mixed media sculpture, Kayalami mall, Pretoria.
  • Lady on a donkey, Hoërskool Waterkloof, Pretoria

    2015:

  • Longview, carved Belfast Granite, Gordons Bay
  • Reflective Resonance, Cast bronze & Belfast Granite, Klein Dassenberg Wine Estate, Franschhoek
  • Belated wake (floating heads), rammed earth, cement fondu, stone, Namibia
  • Three little pigs, cast concrete, bronze and patina, Stellenbosch Square

    2016:

  • Conduit, Rammed earth and stone, Saronsberg Estate, Tulbach
  • Think Africa Sculpture Commission for Rand Merchant Bank (Upcoming)
  • Sculpture Commission for University of Johannesburg (Upcoming)
  • Sculpture Commission for City Property (Upcoming)
  • Sculpture Commission for Eskort (Upcoming)
  • Sculpture Commission for Tokara Wine Estate (Upcoming)

    Awards

  • 1994: The Eduardo Villa Best Sculpture Student (University of Pretoria)
  • 1994: 1st Prize - PPC Young Sculptors Award
  • 2005: University of Pretoria, Alumni Laureate
  • 2010: Aardklop Festival artist

    Work in collections

  • Sasol
  • Rand Merchant Bank
  • Pretoria Art Museum
  • University of Pretoria
  • Oliewenhuis Museum
  • University of the Freestate
  • Ellerman House
  • Saronsberg Wine Estate
  • The Marvelous Collection
  • Tokara Wine Estate
  • First Rand Merchant Bank

    Also in many other national and international corporate collections as well as private collections.

    Articles

  • Anon. 1994. Free to be enterprising. Pretoria News, Oct.
  • Anon. 1994. Beyond the realm of art. Pretoria News, Oct.
  • Frohling, Geraldine. 1999. Unusual background nurtures talented artist. Pretoria News, Oct. 12.
  • Philips, Franci. 1999. A different angle on history. Pretoria News, Oct. 19.
  • Colson, Michael. 1999. Arts & Leisure. Financial Mail, Oct, 15.
  • Du Preez, Amanda. 1999. Boere-bagasie verbeeld. Beeld, Oct. 26.
  • Vermeulen, Elsje. 1999. “Weird” Taylor beskou as ‘n tweede van Wouw. Vaalweekblad, Feb. 9.
  • Rayn, Myrtle. 2000. Giant David gets SA perspective. Sunday Tribune, Aug. 27.
  • Funke, Nikki. 2000. Size does matter. Perdeby, Aug. 28.
  • Snyman, Dana. 2001. Dawid se Moses. Huisgenoot. Feb. 8.


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