hampel, angus

Bio

I had a conventional upbringing in the south east of England, until I left school and travelled alone down Africa for a year. I returned, a little reluctantly, to study Classics at Oxford University, and went on to become a journalist, working for various national papers and magazines. During this period I also composed crosswords and won a BAFTA for copywriting a history of communication. Then one evening I passed an art school near to where I was working in London.

Everything changed. Three months later I left the UK and enrolled full time in an atelier in Florence, funding my tuition by compiling crosswords. My first exhibition followed a year later in London and I haven't looked back since.

Here is something I wrote for a recent show in New York:
'I think art is more important than ever now. For one thing it is not functional – which is pretty rare. Even games and toys nowadays have to be justified as educational, and with the wonders of modern communication, those undistracted, aimless moments are rare. But mainly it opens us to other ways of seeing. It shows there is more to the world than us and that not everything that is valuable is quantifiable, measurable, wholly rational.

Love is like that too. I also think there is always space for something beautiful.'

I work on a commission basis too. This usually takes the form of portraits or landscapes and more recently I completed work for a number of prominent golf clubs in the US and Europe. In the summer of 2017, I finished a large painting for Quail Hollow, where the USPGA was held. I am currently working on a painting of Augusta National during The Masters as well as a large oil of the West Side Tennis Club, at Forest Hills, New York where the US Open used to take place.

I currently live in Tuscany and the UK with my wife, five children and too many animals.

Awards

  • 2015 Caran D'Ache Award, Suntree

Exhibitions

  • 2017 Black White Gold, Gallery 54, London
  • 2017 National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside gallery, London
  • 2017 Golden life, Wigdor Law, New York
  • 2017 Golden life, Albany, Bahamas
  • 2016 Sacred trees, MME Fine Art, New York
  • 2016 Group show, Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham
  • 2015 Sacred trees, Serena Morton, London
  • 2015 LARA group show, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2014 Group show, Serena Morton, London
  • 2010 Silence, Morton Metropolis
  • 2008 Group show, Guggleton Gallery, Dorset
  • 2007 Three Young Artists, Jorgensen Gallery, Dublin
  • 2006 New Work, Petley Fine Art, London
  • 2006 Group show, Guggleton Gallery, Dorset
  • 2005 New Work, Guggleton Gallery, Dorset
  • 2005 New Work, Petley Fine Art, London
  • 2005 New Work, Jorgensen Gallery, Dublin
  • 2004 Italian landscapes, Hotel Pitti Palace, Florence
  • 2003 New Work , Petley Fine Art, London
  • 2003 Group show, Panter and Hall, London
  • 2002 New Work, Vertigo Gallery, London
  • 2002 Group show, Florence Academy of Art

Education

  • 2002 Art, Florence Academy of Art
  • 2000 Art, Charles Cecil
  • 1992 Latin, Greek and Philosophy, Brasenose College, Oxford

Links

Play, 2017, Oil and gold leaf on panel
Play, 2017, Oil and gold leaf on panel

AKW3707794: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images

Silence, 2017, oil and gold leaf on panel
Silence, 2017, oil and gold leaf on panel

AKW3707795: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images

Play, 2017, Etching and aquatint on paper
Play, 2017, Etching and aquatint on paper

AKW3707832: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images

Suntree, 2013, oil on canvas
Suntree, 2013, oil on canvas

AKW3707833: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images

Patience, 2015, oil and gold leaf on panel
Patience, 2015, oil and gold leaf on panel

AKW3707834: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images

Spirit, 2016,oil and gold leaf on panel
Spirit, 2016,oil and gold leaf on panel

AKW3707861: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images

Wisdom, 2015, oil and gold leaf on panel
Wisdom, 2015, oil and gold leaf on panel

AKW3707862: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images

Hope, 2015, oil and gold leaf on panel
Hope, 2015, oil and gold leaf on panel

AKW3707869: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images

old god, 2018, oil and gold leaf on panel
old god, 2018, oil and gold leaf on panel

AKW5892441: © Angus Hampel / Bridgeman Images


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