David Angus: Planet Builder
Born in Cheam, Surrey, Feb 15th 1950. Moved to Burghfield near
Reading 1962. Has been based near or in Reading ever since with
the exception of 5 years in Africa during the 70's. About to move
to Gosport, Hants. Education: Secondary Modern (I failed the 11
plus because I had chicken pox when I took it) then Grammar for
6th form. 3 strongest subjects were Geography, Art and English.
Went on to Berkshire College of Art graduating from a design course
Career: Specialised in relief models while in Africa which combined
Geography and Art. Work included regional guide for Readers Digest.
Returning to this country and the depression at the end of the 70's
I got over it by working with the BBC on a documentary about the
S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) in World War 2. I not only
love the formation of landscapes but science fiction too, "modelling"
myself to some extent on the fiord designing Slartibartfast of 'Hitchikers
Guide to the Galaxy';- so my relief modelling extended into "planetbuilding"
beginning in 1984 with Brian Aldisss Helliconia. Lower Cretaceous
Earth followed in 1987. Other work included the Peters Atlas in
the late 80's and the company involved - Oxford Cartographers -
became my main client. Later projects with them included BBC weather
maps (1990) and a 42 dia. globe model of present day Earth completed
in 1993. Images taken of this were marketed with Tony Stone Photo
Library. Another smaller model of present day Earth was completed
for Science Photo Library in 1991. In 1993 Mars was modelled. 1995
saw construction of Epona;- a world designed along scientific principles
by a worldbuilding group, most members of which were in the U.S.A.
I was interviewed with the model for the Discovery Channel in California
in 1997. The Mars model in this exhibition was filmed in Ealing
Studios for a Discovery Channel documentary on Mars in 1998. Terraformed
Mars also modelled in 1998.
(in alphabetical order):
Alligator Descartes, Anne
Sudworth, Brian Waugh, Chris
Moore, David A Hardy, David
Angus, David Vickers, Dominic
E Harman, Fred Gambino, Jim
Burns, Keith Scaife, Lisa
Konrad, Planet Fresh, SMS,
Steve Stone, Sue
Mason, Les Edwards.
Exhibition details: Dates: 14th July 2000 to 11th August 2000
Opening hours: 10:30 to 17:30. (closed Sundays) Admission:
2nd Floor Art Gallery Foyles Bookshop
113-119 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0EB