A salute to Max Angus
A biography of Max Angus, much-loved Tasmanian icon, painter and environmentalist.
Born in Tasmania of convict stock, Max Angus had to leave school at fourteen to earn a living. He became a commercial artist, then during the Second World War served in the intelligence department of the Australian Army. Ivor Hele, a well-0known painter working as a war artist, inspired him with a desire to become a professional painter and he made a career in Tasmania. he excelled at watercolour landscapes of Tasmanian bush, mountains and seascapes.
The desire to save this turned Max into an ardent environmentalist, beginning with the campaign to save Lake Pedder. As he became a leading Tasmanian artist, he also became a leading environmentalist, giving much assistance to the cause.
max is also well known for his books on art topics: a biobraphy of his friend, photographer Peter Dombrovskis; A Salute to Watercolour; and later, Pedder. The story. The paintings.
By the time of his 100th birthday, Max Angus was hailed as Tasmania's Living Treasure.