This November, Foster/White presents new bronzes by noted Northwest artist Tony Angell. Rooted in a profound admiration and understanding of avian life in the region, Angell's work patiently captures the dynamism of birds in motion while seeking his subject's indescribable spirit.
For Angell, every sculpture has a story drawn from life. A saw-whet owl poised for the hunt may be based on an owl rehabilitated in Angell's home or one seen flying over a creek at night; a hovering kestrel inspired by his own boyhood studies in falconry. His work does not strive solely for scientific accuracy, but rather for a depiction of the subject's true self - the attitude, behavior and personality of each bird. The Scold, for instance, captures the moment after Angell interrupted a conversation between several ravens with his own call. "Upon seeing me, one of the birds turned my direction on its perch and growled a scolding call in my direction," Angell writes. "'How dare you' it seemed to say before flying off with the other ravens to resume their exchanges uninterrupted."
Angell's reverence for Northwest birds and the natural world extends to his work as conservationist and author. Born in Los Angeles in 1940, Tony Angell moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1959 to attend the University of Washington on a track scholarship. He has illustrated and co-authored many articles and books. His most recent book, The House of Owls, reached The New York Times Best Sellers list and is the winner of the 2015 National Outdoor Book Awards in the Nature and the Environment category. Gifts of the Crow was published in 2012 to positive reviews and In the Company of Crows and Ravens, co-written with J. Marzluff, was awarded Overall Winner for illustrations in 2006 by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Angell has exhibited consistently throughout the United States since 1970. His work can be found in many private collections and in public collections including the Frye Art Museum in Seattle; the Museum of Wildlife in Jackson, Wyoming; the Seattle Aquarium; the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo; and Cornell University.