Artist Profile: Angela Busby
Angela Busby’s artworks are grounded in New Zealand landscape and landscape icons. She was born in 1952 and spent her early years growing up near Tokomaru Bay, a small township on the East Coast of the North Island. The culture, colours and landscape of the region inform her artworks, along with numerous visits to the beach, fishing and tramping holidays.
Following art instruction from leading contemporary New Zealand artists Jane Zusters, Gerda Leonards and Alistair Nesbit-Smith, Angela developed her own distinctive style working with larger artworks using acrylic paints and mixed media/collage. However, because of time constraints while working fulltime, Angela turned to working on small-scale ‘repurposed’ artworks depicting New Zealand marine and bird-life using indigenous fibres, wood, metal and recycled materials. Her works have sold around the world through Kura Gallery (Wellington and Auckland).
In 2014, Angela gave up her role as Project Co-ordinator at the Arts Foundation after 14 years of helping build an endowment fund for New Zealand artists. She now lives in Martinborough and is concentrating on her own art.