Peggy Angus: Designer, teacher, painter

The work of painter, designer, teacher and campaigner Peggy Angus is going on show in a major exhibition at Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery.

Peggy Angus at Furlongs

Source: Estate of Peggy Angus, 2014

Peggy Angus at Furlongs

Angus, who died in 1993 at the age of 89, seemed to embody the Bohemian nature of Britain’s mid-century art and design scene.

Born in a Chilean railway station to Scottish parents, Angus first studied fine art before moving to design as it was easier to earn a living.

Tile mural for Brussels World Fair, 1958, Peggy Angus
Tile mural for Brussels World Fair, 1958, Peggy Angus

Her house at Furlongs in the South Downs was frequented by a circle of artists and designers including Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden.

Angus specialised in tile and wallpaper design and her commissions included Gatwick Airport’s original buildings and Glyndwr University at Wrexham.

Tile mural at Glyndwyr University, Wrexham, c. 1950s
Tile mural at Glyndwyr University, Wrexham, c. 1950s

Her hand-made wallpaper was created by translating tile patterns into hand-cut lino blocks, which were used to create prints.

The Towner exhibition will ‘draw inspiration from the chaotic Bohemian atmosphere of her home in Sussex’. 

Wallpaper design, Peggy Angus

Source: Estate of Peggy Angus, 2014, All rights reserved, DACS

Wallpaper design, Peggy Angus

Wallpaper and tile designs will be presented alongside paintings, sketches, photographs, films, furniture and other archive ephemera.

Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter, is at Towner, College Road, Eastbourne BN12, from 12 July-22 September.

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