Have Paint Will Paint

Andrew 'Ang' McDonald

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               Update 05-15 I've managed to put the pinny away and get some stuff done I'll put it in portfolio 3. I'm still working in Brussels so have been off the scene. I haven't exhibited since last year on the South Bank.

     Exhibition in New Hampshire, 08/11. See details below.

                 Update 05/09  Knife crime video uploaded

 http://podcast.lgfl.org.uk/channels/media/12420672895W-paintingdesktop.mp4

 See the Video of my Anti-Knife Crime Mural Here 

Born in Kentish Town, Andrew ''Ang'' McDonald, is a mural and illustration artist working in acrylics and spray paint. He has been painting murals since he was 10 but didn’t get serious about his art until, when 19,  he moved to Hulme in Manchester.

 There he became involved with, amongst others, the ICA Crew (Inner City Artists). “They showed me spraying techniques that I still use in painting my own characters today. Though I'm not a graffiti artist one of my favourite styles of drawing is still the phat Hip-Hop style”.


While studying English Literature Ang began working as a scenic artist at the Manchester RNCM Opera House, and from there soon began winning commissions for mural work in Manchester. However it wasn't until 1999, the creative business ''Have Paint Will Paint'' was set up. It's first commission was the painting of  a mural on George Street in Sydney, Australia. As the result of commissions in Las Vegas, San Diego, Montreal, DC and Zurich the ''Have Paint Will Paint'' circus has travelled right across America, Australia and Europe.

Though working abroad has brought experience and acclaim, he is particularly interested in working in London now. “The diversity here enriches the humour and the cosmopolitan aspect of my work, and that can really resonate with anyone who looks for the humour in the urban landscape.” Unsurprisingly then, while in London, the artist has been running mural workshops with many different communities on London's estates with the charity Groundwork.He has been involved with regeneration projects in Bermondsey, Camberwell, Southwark and Lewisham; working with the Environment Agency, local councils and the local people .

Recent commissions include the branding of a Swiss Company, 'Body Dynamic', the mural on the exterior of The Harrison Arms in Kings Cross, commissions for Livingsocial.com and private illustration work. Currently showing on the touring 'Fridge Magnet' exhibition with Alban Low, as seen in Bath, Manchester, Nottingham, Brighton and Golden Square,London. ** Update Aug 2011 - I've got an exhibition this weekend in Concord, the state capital of New Hampshire, USA. At the Minor Threat Gallery. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minor-Threat-Pop-up-Gallery-The-Capital-Take-Over/143743602374078 High quality limited edition prints of several of the works seen here are currently available.

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