Drawing from Eastern philosophies, Angus Massey’s work is at once classical and contemporary. He uses the human figure as a form to question our commonly held notions of consciousness, reality and the self. After early training in life drawing and graphic design in Ireland, Massey moved to Italy where he worked for more than ten years in various sculpture studios around Pietrasanta, Florence and Siena. He has also travelled extensively in Africa and India where he worked with stone and bronze. By combining the two-dimensional weightless, silent reflection of the mirror with three-dimensional heavy, solid bronze forms, his figures unite differing realms of perception – proposing a synthesis of elements, dimensions and realities – in perfect symmetry. The physical and the spiritual exist side by side, forming a unified whole.
"I am interested in questioning the divisions we impose upon reality in order to understand it, the boundaries inherent in our attempts to comprehend and organise our perceived universe and how we can transcend those boundaries. The theory that inspires my work is largely based on eastern philosophy, in particular Shaivism and Advaita, philosophies that propose an underlying unity to all reality.”
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Below is a selection of work, the sculpture in the last image is currently on show at the gallery.