Tony Angell

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Tony Angell
a pale elderly man in a sweater and flat cap
Angell in 2014
Born 1940
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Known for bird illustration, sculpture
Awards V&A Illustration Awards, 2006

Tony Angell is an American wildlife artist and writer.[1]:704 He has lived in Seattle, Washington, since 1959.[2][3]


Angell was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1940.[4] His father was a private eye, and his mother a painter and teacher.[5] Angell grew up in the San Fernando Valley.[6]:88 He went to Seattle in 1959[2] on an athletics scholarship[5] and obtained BA and MA degrees from the University of Washington.[6]:88

Angell was head of the Office of Environmental Education of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction of Washington State for over thirty years. He was active in the Nature Conservancy, with time as chairman and as a member of the board of its Washington State chapter.[7]:289


Angell has written and illustrated several books, predominantly about birds, and has provided illustrations for others. His illustrations for In the Company of Crows and Ravens won the V&A Illustration Awards in 2006.[8]

He makes sculptures in bronze and stone and has shown them regularly for some forty years.[7]:289 He has worked in chlorite, granite, marble, sandstone, serpentine, slate and soapstone.[5] Museums holding his work include the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, the Gilcrease Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,[7]:289 and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.[8]

Angell acknowledges a number of influences on his work: the bird illustrators Don Eckelberry and Morris Graves, the carvings of the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, and a Japanese Edo Period screen carved with crows in the Seattle Asian Art Museum.[8][9]


Angell's published works include:

As author and illustrator
  • Birds of Prey on the Pacific Northwest Slope. Seattle: Pacific Search Press, 1972
  • Owls. Seattle; London: University of Washington Press, 1974
  • Ravens, Crows, Magpies and Jays. Seattle; London: University of Washington Press, 1978
  • (with Kenneth Balcomb) Marine Birds and Mammals of Puget Sound. Seattle: Washington Sea Grant Publication; distributed by the University of Washington Press, 1982
  • The Artist as Advocate for Nature: A Dialogue of Necessity. Bainbridge Island, WA: Arbor Fund, [1994]
  • (with John Marzluff) In the Company of Crows and Ravens. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2005
  • Puget Sound Through an Artist's Eye. Seattle; London: University of Washington Press, 2009
  • (with John Marzluff) Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012
  • The House of Owls. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015
As illustrator
  • Gordon H. Orians (1985). Blackbirds of the Americas. Seattle; London: University of Washington Press
  • Bert Bender (1988). Sea Brothers: American Sea Fiction since Moby Dick. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • John Marzluff, Russell Balda (1992). The Pinyon Jay: Behavioral ecology of a colonial and cooperative corvid. London: Poyser
  • Hal Opperman (2003). A Birder's Guide to Washington. Colorado Springs: American Birding Association


  1. ^ Allan Werden (December 1983). Marine Birds and Mammals of Puget Sound by Tony Angell, Kenneth C. Balcomb, III (review). The Wilson Bulletin 95 (4): 704-705. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Mary Ann Gwinn (20 November 2009). Tony Angell evokes Northwest nature in 'Puget Sound Through an Artist's Eye'. Seattle Times. Accessed October 2015.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Hunter. Tony Angell, December Exhibition. 10/5/2009. Foster/White Gallery. print.
  4. ^ William H. Gerdts, David J. Wagner (1998). Natural Habitat: Contemporary Wildlife Artists of North America. New York: Spanierman Gallery. ISBN 9780945936183.
  5. ^ a b c Richard Seven (1 June 2003). Wrestling with Stone. Southwest Art. (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b Don T. Luce (1994). Wildlife Art in America (exhibition catalogue). Minneapolis, MN: James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota. ISBN 9781884879005.
  7. ^ a b c John Marzluff, Tony Argell (2012). Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  8. ^ a b c Jamaican Crows. London: Victoria & Albert Museum. Accessed October 2015.
  9. ^ Mary Ann Gwinn (23 October 2005). "Crows and Ravens": Fear and fascination, evermore. Seattle Times. Accessed October 2015.