"We want to celebrate female artists and how their discourse is voiced through their artistic and creative practices.”
Introducing the prolific artist who became the first female urban T-shirt designer from Aberdeen, Angela Thouless. While her urban T-shirt label Tribe All is taking the fashion industry by storm, it was the artistic brilliance found in the artwork of Founder Angela Thouless that inspired the launch of her T-shirt label, Tribe All. Angela Thouless is one of Aberdeen’s finest creative talents - having her work shown and sold around the world, yet this didn’t come easy.
“After a lot of rejection, my work titled ‘Watch Your Back’ was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, I was fortunate enough to sell this painting, which gave me the courage to keep going,” says Founder Angela Thouless. Angela’s work is characterised by a unique portrayal of city scapes and cultures: “My style is influenced by the large-scale work by German expressionists such as Max Beckmann. I sought out a way to put my own twist on it, much like a cameo, I place myself in all my paintings and by doing so making it truly mine.”
Finding strength in numbers, Angela is part of the Throwup Gallery in Aberdeen following the motto: together we are stronger. “Art can be a solitary line of work, so I grouped together with other people. It was through one of our workshops that we got the idea to paint tribal masks on spray-cans, which then made its way on to T-shirts and led me to set up the urban fashion label Tribe All.
"The paintings represent the ever-changing urban tapestry unique to the area. With gentrification looming, the murals have now been swapped out for stores, yet the creative history will always live on through my artwork."
“In 2013 I turned my attention to my favourite area in Amsterdam - the Spuistraat. Following a decade of non-usage, the buildings in this area became squatted, attracting many creative and free spirits, quickly becoming a creative hub and tourist attraction for nearly three decades. The paintings represent the ever-changing urban tapestry unique to the area. With gentrification looming, the murals have now been swapped out for stores, yet the creative history will always live on through my artwork.
In 2015 Angela was asked to paint a mural in just four hours, two months before the NUArt festival travelled to Aberdeen after it was voted most boring in Britain. Marking both a turning point for Aberdeen’s art scene as well as Angela’s artistic presence. In 2021 BFI Southbank will be exhibiting the work of Angela Thouless’s Costa Rican- inspired masks as part of UkColab’s Judgement Show. UkColab provides much-needed exposure for female artists who remain underrepresented in the world of art. “We want to celebrate female artists and how their discourse is voiced through their artistic and creative practices.”
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