Angus Taylor

Mind Through Materials

Monumentale Skulpturen zwischen traditionellem südafrikanischem Kunsthandwerk und zeitgenössischer Kunst



With texts by Angus Taylor and Johan Myburg, an interview with Angus Taylor by Johan Thom, and an introduction by Paul Harris

1st edition

, 2021

Text in English


224 pages, 169 color and 1 b/w illustrations

24 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-870-6


South African sculptor Angus Taylor, born in Johannesburg in 1970 and alumnus of the University of Pretoria, is known mainly for his monumental works. For these, in addition to the classic bronze, he uses a selection of materials special to his immediate environment: black granite, red jasper, straw, and the red earth of the Pretoria region. In the symbiosis of these materials with traditional artistic craft techniques, distinctly contemporary works arise, which the Taylor pioneeringly positions as figurative landmark sculpture.

This first-ever monograph on Angus Taylor offers a comprehensive survey of his oeuvre to date. Key works from his entire career since the founding of his studio Dionysus Sculpture Works in 1997 are featured in full color illustrations throughout. The essays discuss Taylor’s methods, practices, and personal philosophies and put his work is context within South Africa’s social situation as well as with his own biography. The book offers a much welcomed profound introduction to Angus Taylor’s innovative and characteristic body of work.


Paul Harris is an art collector and owner of the Ellerman House Wine Gallery in Cape Town, which was co-designed by Angus Taylor.


Johan Myburg is an art publicist and curator and works as a research associate at the Institute of Fine Arts at North-West University in Johannesburg.


Johan Thom is an artist who works at the interface of video, performance, and sculpture. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Institute of Fine Arts.

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Reflective Resonance, 2014. Bronze and Belfast granite, figure would be 5000 mm tall if standing. Edition of 3. © Photo: Charles Russel & Leeu Estate

Belated Wake, 2010. Thatch, thatch twine, steel wire, insect and fireproof chemical treatment, 2200 × 1850 × 1700 mm. One-off single installation. © Photo: John Hodgkiss

Prava Anti Monumenta, 2013. Bronze, 440 × 400 × 320 mm. Edition of 12, © Photo: Carla Crafford

Holderstebolder, 2018. Belfast granite and stainless steel, solidified with concrete, 6450 × 4230 × 6050 mm. Edition of 3. © Photo: Pushkar Hans

Adrift III, 2015. Rammed earth and stone (material used from site), 2200 × 1850 × 1700 mm. Unique piece, ongoing series. © Photo: Katinka Bester

Being and Thinking, 2010. Bronze, stainless steel and Belfast granite, 2500 × 1800 × 400 mm. Edition of 3. © Photo: Kevin Shenton

The Burning Narrative, 2008. Digital Print: Ultrachrome on Hahnemühle paper, 590 × 510 mm. Edition of 12. © Photo: Ivan Volschenk

Homage to Hermes, 2008. Stacked Marico slate, 1200 × 5000 × 8500 mm. Edition of 3. © Photo: John Hodgkiss

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