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Michael Angove’s stellar decade in design

3 April 2011 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Home, Interiors & Auto

Michael Angove’s meticulous eye for detail informs his beautiful decorative products, which have been snapped up by some of the most prestigious retailers around. Having worked successfully in textiles and interiors for over a decade, Michael holds the distinction of having been highlighted by Texprint not once, but twice. Studying for his BA at Winchester in 2005, he scooped Texprint’s Liberty Print Prize and also the Marks and Spencer, ‘Breaking New Ground Prize’. Texprint highlighted him for the second time, while studying for his MA at the RCA in 2000.

Michael has had an exciting year, with his work featured in numerous interiors magazines including Elle Decoration, The Times On-line, and the New York Times.He runs a successful business in cutting edge wallpaper design, and has recently been working with Surface View to create large scale murals from manipulated photographic imagery, which make beautiful, striking statements for modern interiors.

He has also launched a range of laminate products with Ary Trays, stocked in Liberty, Fortnum and Mason and Divertimenti. Printed chairs from the range were bought in quantity by a Hong Kong based company. Michael’s presence in Liberty was further strengthened this month, with the launch of a limited edition range of ceramics for the store.

The root of Michael’s aesthetic lies firmly in drawing, and his focus is always on precision and quality. In the early days, whilst studying at Winchester, he won two prizes for drawing, and he has continued to create fine art pieces alongside his successful commercial print work. His imaginative and delicate compositions feature fragile and eclectic items such as feathers, eggs, keys, insects and spoons. His work has been exhibited at ‘Art London’, the 20/21International Art Fair and the Chelsea Art Fair. Last November he had a major show of his work at La Galleria in Piccadilly where he sold the bulk of work exhibited.

Michael’s success is undoubtedly the result of his great talent and hard work, but he happily recalls that Texprint gave him his ‘first big break’.

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