Date of decease: 23.04.2003
Painting Method: Mouth painter
The arms and legs of Myron Angus have been paralysed since birth. Therefore he learned how to perform his daily tasks from his wheelchair with his mouth and gradually also learned how to draw and paint with the mouth. Myron Angus has devoted all his energies to improving his painting technique. Even when he could not get the artistic training he needed he did not give up and started teaching himself how to paint, instead. He began to copy the old masters from the Bible. Later, landscapes became his trademark. Myron Angus prefers watercolours. He also completed his education. After finishing school he accepted a position with a garage, where his tasks included painting advertising inscriptions for lorry doors.
At the young age of 20, in 1948, he had his first exhibition in a gallery in Toronto. The gallery was visited by a large audience, and his popularity grew rapidly. Soon he had further exhibitions in the larger cities all over Canada and in the US. The media became aware of Myron Angus and did a story about him.
In 1958 Myron Angus bought a gallery in Toronto. After becoming a member of the AFMPA in 1964, which gave him financial backing, he closed the gallery in 1965. After that, he became a travelling artist. His aim was to help handicapped people to live a fuller life. In addition, he wanted to make the public aware of the big barriers and problems handicapped people are still faced with and encourage other handicapped people to achieve their rightful place in society. At the same time he organized a large number of exhibitions and demonstrations of his painting. Myron Angus received numerous awards and distinctions.
Myron Angus died on April 23rd, 2004.