Angony was born in Melbourne, Australia and paints from his home studio in the eastern suburbs. Painting for almost 30 years, he started experimenting with water colours, but eventually found his niche with acrylic paints on hardboard and canvas, using different methods to create interesting and unusual textures.
Angony’s paintings are visual journals of thoughts and experiences of everyday life. The majority of his paintings are not planned; it’s just a matter of persisting until something of interest transpires. This is why he appreciate drawings from children who are free from limitations – what creativity is all about. Angony says “It would seem that the younger the child, the more honest their interpretation of life is. As the years go on, they are steered into a direction that stunts their artistic endeavors with rules and regulations on what’s right and wrong.”
As a self-taught, contemporary artist, his main influences are art-Brut and naive art, and he prefers simplified, bold and raw paintings such as Jean Michel Basquiat and Jean Dubuffet. He also gets an incredible amount of inspiration from children’s paintings and the innocence of their understanding of everyday items.
“Painting to me is probably similar to people who love reading, it’s a great escape in which time has no significance.”
Angony uses acrylic paints because of their versatility and as he works fairly quickly they are more suited to his style.