Monday, April 26, 2010

from Awilson to Angus

When I moved back to America I brought with me a significant amount of art I'd created in Scotland, some are still around and I thought it would be nice to share it on the blog, since it's interesting to compare changes with this work and more recent paintings.

(NOTE: all the painting featured on this post are from my period in Scotland)

arrangement with tray

An artist never stops learning, they're always 'moving forward', always developing, always honing their skill (even though at times it may not feel that way).

However, I was recently reminded that at times an event or a circumstance can dramatic change an artists work, and from that moment on the artists work is noticeably never the same again. There are many great examples in history of dramatic changes to famous artists, but since this blogs about my work I'm not going to write about them!

vegetables with lilies & white pears

Looking back I realize there was a fairly significant change to my work about 3 years ago when I moved from Scotland back to California. There were a couple of quick and obvious changes -

  • I went from 'AWilson' to 'Angus'. In Scotland I'd always signed my work 'AWilson' moving continent and effectively starting from scratch gave me the benefit of going for my first name, a more memorable 'Angus' replacing the boring commonplace surname of Wilson.
  • Everything's Bigger in America. Most Scottish galleries and homes have smaller rooms, thus the demand was for smaller work. My move meant get bigger!
canes and table & Winter sun

There were also some more subtle changes that happened gradually perhaps over the first 6 months or so of living in California -

  • The paintings became less tonal, using a wider range of colors. The colors also often became more saturated, more dramatic.
  • Composition groupings changed, I think for the most part these grouping became more conventional and traditional. Often simpler in their arrangements.
  • Perspectives I think also became more conventional; in Scotland I had enjoyed painting a lot of compositions from a higher view point looking down onto the table. These viewing angles for the most part got replaced by a more traditional 'classical' still life perspectives.

Lanterns with easel and orange drape & apricots in a bowl

Viewing paintings from both time periods I think there's something to enjoy in each, indeed I find many people respond to the new, but others like the palettes and compositions in the earlier works. So, the big question in this blog entry, do these changes amount to a dramatic change in my work, or just another chapter of growth and change, I suppose only time and history will tell?

Stripped cloth


  1. Interesting. Both periods are very much your style. When we moved from Brighton to Cornwall five years ago my painting has become smaller because of the smaller homes down here.I cant sell Cornish painting in London and visa versa. Very Regional.Ive been to the States as you say it`s big.

  2. Great post. I think that change is a part of growth; and that growth is an outcome of change. So, both! It is interesting to me that coming to the states made your paintings more traditional in style, i would have thought he opposite.

  3. Wow! So glad to discover your art!! Really like!!