Patrick Angus

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Patrick Angus
Born (1953-12-03)December 3, 1953
North Hollywood, CA
Died May 13, 1992(1992-05-13) (aged 38)
Nationality American
Known for Realist paintings of gay themes

Patrick Angus (1953–1992) was a 20th-century American painter who, among many other works, created a number of oil or acrylic paintings of the interior of the Gaiety Theater and some of its dancers and customers in the 1980s. Some of the titles are: Grand Finale (1985), The Apollo Room I (1986), Remember the Promise You Made (1986), Slave to the Rhythm (1986), All The Love in the World (1987), and Hanky Panky (1991) [1][2]

Although a dedicated creator of portraits and still lifes, and an occasional designer of stage settings, Angus is principally known for works begun in 1981 depicting the young male erotic dancers at the Gaiety and other New York showplaces.[3] Referring to an earlier French painter who made his reputation depicting the demi-monde, playwright Robert Patrick deemed Angus "The Toulouse-Lautrec of Times Square."

In popular culture[edit]

Angus appears as himself in the 1990 documentary movie Resident Alien, about Quentin Crisp in New York. Angus is portrayed by actor Jonathan Tucker in the 2009 dramatic movie An Englishman in New York, a biographical picture about the later years of Quentin Crisp. Crisp befriends Angus in both films, and encourages him to show his work.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strip Show: Paintings by Patrick Angus, introduced by Douglas Blair Turnbaugh. London: Editions Aubrey Walter, 1992. ISBN 978-0-85449-172-8
  2. ^ The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation entry on Patrick Angus
  3. ^ Turnbaugh, Douglas Blair (2002). "Angus, Patrick (1953-1992)". glbtq inc. Retrieved 2009-12-28. "American realist artist Patrick Angus produced keenly observed and compassionate depictions of the 1980s gay demimonde. His work captures, with sympathy, understanding, and wit, the longing and loneliness of many urban gay men of the era."