Angus Stirling has had a distinguished career in the arts. He was Deputy Director of the Arts Council of Great Britain in the 1970s, and subsequently Director-General of the National Trust and non-executive Chairman of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In 1995 he returned to painting in a dedicated way and studied with Robin Child at the Lydgate Art Research Centre near Marlborough. He began contributing to selected group exhibitions from 2005. In 2010 he had his first exhibition jointly with his daughter Kitty Stirling at Gallery 27, Cork Street, London. Following this successful venture he had a second exhibition with Kitty in 2012 at the Lynda Cotton Gallery in Watchet, West Somerset.
Angus’s interest in the relationship between painting. music and dance has been stimulated by his years in opera and ballet. This is reflected in elements of rhythm, structure, colour, tone, and counterpoint found in all three genres. Using these principles he aims at a personal reincarnation of landscape, architecture, still life and human form, revealing works of imagination.
Colour plays a central part in Angus's compositions, not only to enliven the surface, but also seeking to define space and form. He derives ideas from many different sources, including observation of nature and architecture, and also poetry.
Artists who have been a major influence on his development are Cezanne; the American Expressionists Diebenkorn, de Kooning and Frankenthaler; and among British C20th artists, Ivon Hitchens and Keith Vaughan.