George Angliss, 1921-1991
Born: Penticton, British Columbia, 1921
George Angliss was born in Penticton, BC and was inspired to become an artist by his experience of the natural beauty of the Okanagan's mountains, valleys and lakes. He studied at the Vancouver School of Art (1939-1940, and also 1943-45) – where he met and married Kay, also an artist - and at the Ontario College of Art (1941-43). Returning to Penticton after art school, George worked designing and building homes, running an orchard and also set up an art studio.
In 1958, he moved to Calgary where he worked for a time as an advertising art director before accepting a position as an art instructor at the Alberta College of Art in 1962. He taught at ACA until 1981, during which time he became an influential figure within the Calgary art community, both as an educator and as an artist. In addition to being a senior instructor at ACA, he was a workshop leader and lecturer and was involved with numerous arts organizations, including Alberta Culture Visual Arts Branch and the Alberta Society of Artists (Lifetime Honorary Member). He was an Alberta College of Art founder, was on the ACA Building Advisory Committee, and was also involved with the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan. George Angliss was known nationally as an accomplished painter, sculptor and printmaker, and his works are represented in many public and private collections, including those of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta House, London, England, the Glenbow Museum and Art Gallery, Calgary, and the Confederation Art Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, PEI.
His art has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and overseas, including in Paris, London, Brussels and Japan. His interests were wide-ranging, but George Angliss probably found his greatest success as a watercolourist.
His paintings in this medium revealed a deeply rooted fondness for his subject and an ability to summarize form to create strongly-structured and very beautiful compositions.
Source: Alberta eMuseum