Inspired by Hollywood and old school tattoos, Angus Sanders-Dunnachie is an artist whose main medium is painting. He uses an incredibly simplified process in which he superimposes images to create “joke” style images.


Untitled, 2003

Source image: http://www.angussanders-dunnachie.co.uk/


Untitled, 2003

Source image: http://www.angussanders-dunnachie.co.uk/

Angus is very much into the theme of American pop culture and in particular cowboys which appear frequently in his imagery. He looked into artists such as Ed Ruscha and his piece The Final End (1992), which inspired his airbrush technique he tried out in his Undergraduate degree. By the end of his undergraduate degree he was creating images from film stills on a large scale which were highly process based.

The Final End 1992 by Edward Ruscha born 1937

Ed Ruscha, The Final End, 1992

Source: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/ruscha-the-final-end-ar00596

After his BA he completed a residency at Bristol where he concentrated in using only black and white to copy film stills. The stills Angus chose showed the stunts in various cowboy movies. He was interested in how none of these stunts were safe but done by the actors themselves without harnesses or safety measures. From doing these pieces he learnt to be comfortable with  a not so finished image.

From this Angus progressed to the Royal Academy in London where he looked at typography on plasterboard using a chiseling method. He wrote messages such as “Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth”.

He was highly inspired at this point by Thomas Hirschorn and his installation piece Das Auge (2009) and Allan McCollum and his piece Collection of Two Hundred and Eighty Eight Plaster Surrogates (1982-89). These pieces inspired him to create plasterboard, tattoo style images for his degree show piece. These plasterboard creations has a front side which incorporated four colours and a back side which has individual colours. By doing this piece he learnt a system which helped him to gain time, not putting in more than you need.


Thomas Hirschorn, Das Auge, 2009

Source image: http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2011/05/thomas-hirschhorn-at-the-power-plant/


Allan McCollum, Collection of Two Hundred and Eighty Eight Plaster Surrogates, 1982-89

Source image: http://whitney.org/Collection/AllanMcCollum/2000190




You can’t tell which way the train went from looking at the tracks,2009

Source image: http://www.angussanders-dunnachie.co.uk/


Installation view, 2009

Source image: http://www.angussanders-dunnachie.co.uk/

After his Masters degree he changed from sculpture back to paint based work where he now works creating plexi glass clip art using the idea of simplified space and landscape.


Music is the joy of counting, 2010

Source image: http://www.angussanders-dunnachie.co.uk/



The Horse, 2011

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It was really interesting to hear about Angus’ practice and his journey from BA to now. He has a strong interest that spans across all of his work and even into the more simplistic images he creates today. I did enjoy looking at his work and although his imagery is not a style I personally appreciate, I thought his composition and method of working was thorough and he is not afraid to try out new mediums which is crucial in art practice. The pieces that inspired me the most were his simplistic plexi glass pieces and I am eager to see where this technique takes him.


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