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Angus Collis, Hotel Poolside/Ice Seal (detail), 2011, diptych, oil on canvas, overall 86 5/8 x 55 1/8".

Angus Collis

Galería Estampa

Angus Collis, Hotel Poolside/Ice Seal (detail), 2011, diptych, oil on canvas, overall 86 5/8 x 55 1/8".

It is becoming less and less common for galleries to show the work of younger artists who entirely and unapologetically focus on painting. Perhaps it’s that fewer and fewer young artists paint without pursuing some other rhetorical agenda; instead, they attempt to endow the act of painting with metalinguistic meaning or, though engaged in painting, simultaneously deny it as a medium. And, of course, there is an abundance of young artists with an indirect relationship to painting—for instance, artists who draw, sometimes in color. An artist from New Zealand who now lives in Spain, Angus Collis is thus atypical in a context in which the relationship to painting tends to be so hedged. Indeed, his connection to the pictorial tradition is underscored by his references to the history of painting. Some of his earlier works were suggestive of Edward Hopper, and in his most recent

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