We had the good fortune of connecting with Angus Lau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angus, why did you pursue a creative career?
Growing up in a family of creatives, the constant exposure to art with different art forms was definitely inevitable. My first encounter with art came early, when my parents enrolled me in an extra-curricular drawing class at the age of 4, it has become a part of my life ever since. Art always felt natural to me, it was a process that offered peace and escapes. The feeling of seeing my imagination manifest on a surface is very compelling, using it as a form of expression whether it is emotionally driven or purely from an artistic standpoint. Ultimately, pursuing a creative career was never a doubt, but it was simply a question of how I want to express my passion for the arts and the story I want to tell.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
After experimenting with different art forms, mediums, and styles over the years, I slowly came to a realization that I’m heavily drawn towards the coalescent of simple shapes and forms, with a hint of color contrast. The inclusion of typography is also something prominent in my work, whether as a supplement for the graphical design or on its own. A lot of my designs utilize a combination of some form of image manipulation, shapes/forms, textures, and colors to achieve something visually engaging. The interaction of elements is what I focus on while creating, how the curves interact with straight lines, how colors interact with the textures. or how the characters/ forms interact with space. These are qualities that are evident in works that I create, whether it being digital or physical.
While studying graphic design in college, we were taught to use grids, to keep things in order. I value the rules and parameters in design, yet in most work, I’m slowly building and dismantling the idea of “rules” and the restriction. There are seemingly specific rules to follow that will leads to great design, but being able to break these boundaries is just as important as following them.
As an artist, the act of experimentation/ exploration and constant practice has been crucial to my career. Exposing yourself to different art forms and artists, also understanding how artist approach their designs and process are equally as important. Experimentation is merely the first step in finding one’s own voice and style, but the right amount and effort could lead to unexpected results. This is something I integrate into my creative process and has allowed me to gain insights into what I’m visually drawn to, while further developing my own style. I would say it certainly isn’t something that comes easy but combined with constant practice, it’s not something far from reach.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Savannah is a historic city with plenty of things to do, walking through the squares downtown filled with well-preserved architecture is a great way to explore the city. I would recommend taking a stroll through Forsyth Park, definitely a great place for a picnic and hanging out with friends (plus you get to see a lot of dogs), grabbing a bite from Brighter day which is right beside Forsyth too. Many great restaurants around downtown and midtown area, but I’d recommend Bull street taco, a great spot for tacos, and Starland yard for some drinks, great pizza, and live music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without my family’s support and guidance, I wouldn’t be who I am as an artist and individual today, therefore I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation especially to my beloved parents and brother! Also a big shoutout to my friends who have supported me throughout my creative journey!