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Angela Thouless





Acrylic on canvas
Size : 30 x 40 x 1.8cm
W30 cm x H40 cm  x 1.8 (W11.81 x H15.74 inches)



The Peruvian Spray Can painting is inspired by Peruvian masks and Nazca Line drawings. Since pre-Inca and Inca civilizations, masks and accompanying regalia have been an integral part of Peruvian traditions, which are associated with rituals, celebrations of patron saints, ceremonies, and special dances.


In Peru, Carnival celebrations typically include parades of masked and costumed characters, marching or dancing to music, and street celebrations, often accompanied by water battles.


Costumes portray a mix of Christian and indigenous themes, emphasizing parody and parable. Common characters include devils, Spaniards, Moors, and angels. Nazca lines are groups of geoglyphs, large line drawings that appear, from a distance, to be etched into Earth' surface on the arid Pampa Colorada (“Coloured Plain” or “Red Plain”), northwest of the city of Nazca in southern Peru. They extend over an area of nearly 190 square miles (500 square km).


The most widely popular belief is that the lines had a religious purpose. The lines were offerings to their gods, who would have been able to see them from the heavens. Other scientists say they are sacred pathways that the ancient Nazca people used during their religious rituals.



Scottish artist Angela Thouless’ passion for urban art was sparked during her first trip to Amsterdam in 2012.


In Spuistraat, a neighborhood home to a community of creative types, she took countless pictures of decaying buildings and graffiti, traveling there almost every year to renew her repertoire.


What attracted her was the impromptu and transient nature of street art as well as its multiculturalism, as many artists would come from outside the country to make murals. Her series of spray can tribal mask paintings was inspired by a workshop Thouless led in her home town of Aberdeen, during which she painted on old spray cans.


The suite is an exotic and luxuriant array of tribal masks incorporating elements from African, Asian, and South American traditions. The masks are depicted on spray cans and surrounded by lush patterns of plants and animals.


The series has a distinct metropolitan feel and celebrates diversity through a message of unity: we are one species and one tribe. 


Thouless earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting and Master’s Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Art and Design from Robert Gordon University’s Grays School Of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland. She exhibited widely in the UK as well as all over Europe and North America.

She is the owner of Tribe All, which designs t-shirt collections featuring tribal masks from around the world.


As a designer, Thouless participated in the Aberdeen and Milan Fashion Weeks. Her work appeared in publications such as Elle Decor, Red Magazine, and House & Garden.


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