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Angus MacDonald Exhibition and Sale at the Blumenschein Home and Museum
Presented By: Taos Historic Museums
Dates: October 5, 2019
Location: Blumenschein Home and Museum
Address: 222 Ledoux Street, Taos, 87571
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Price: No charge on opening night

Angus MacDonald Exhibition and Sale at the Blumenschein Home and Museum

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM  Exhibition and Sale through October 31st.

There are many Angus MacDonalds in history but only one that is identified as a Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame cowboy, a Buddhist priest and a Western artist – all in one. We could add other monikers for his name such as former actor, radio personality and for a very, very short time, say ten minutes, a bull fighter. 

For the purposes of this introduction, the focus is on Angus MacDonald as an artist, for he is a man with a passion for painting. It isn't just the painting that fuels his passion; it is his way of telling stories of the past, and also, of happenings today. This Angus MacDonald of the clan of MacDonalds from Glengarry, Scotland has a certain je ne sais quoi when telling his tales. If only history could look in the opposite direction, his ancestors, who inhabited the mountainous region of the Scottish Highlands "as far back as the records of history reach," would be certain to be proud of this Angus MacDonald.

With a background as colorful as one of his paintings, the early life of Angus, set in his hometown of Marfa, Texas, set the stage for the work you will see in the slideshows below. Even though he believes that some of us are created to be creative, he somehow knew that his painting career, which, he says, is woven throughout the fabric of his life like a thread, would "mature in the late summer of his life." And it has. He spends most of his days at his easel, in his cowboy boots and hat, with brush in hand. One can only imagine the paint on his palette eagerly awaiting the transition from being a splotch on a palette to becoming a masterpiece at the hands of this artist.

As a Zen Buddhist priest, MacDonald approaches Christian subject matter with vehemence as great as he does any other subject matter. The interior of village churches with churchgoers worshiping the saints is not at all an unusual subject matter. 

He was first encouraged to do religious paintings by an Irish Catholic priest in Marfa. He took the challenge and went so far as to build a cross and have himself tied onto it so he could understand how the human body would hang on a cross. 

This approach speaks volumes of the artist, Angus MacDonald. Even though his past has been filled with the famous including James Dean, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Barrymore, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor to today's modern hero, Steven jobs, MacDonald's art comes from deep within. Actors have directors to guide their movements onstage, but Angus operates from inner knowledge honed through years of training and practice in Zen Buddhism. 

It is evident to see that this Angus MacDonald lives each day as an ordinary human being experiencing an extraordinary life. With an immutable and inexhaustible source, he continues each day to create his art. History will one day judge Angus MacDonald's art. His hope is that his art will inspire others in museums with those artists that he holds high.

Adapted from the foreword to Angus MacDonald: An American Artist (Times Square Publishing, 2012), by Shari Morrison, Senior Contributing Editor, Western Art And Architecture Magazine 

Angus MacDonald Exhibition and Sale at the Blumenschein Home and Museum
  • 222 Ledoux Street
  • Taos, 87571
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  • Blumenschein Home and Museum
  • No charge on opening night