MYRON ANGUS PAINTS FOR YONGE STREET GALLERY
For more than 100 years, photographers, photo editors and photo librarians working for The Globe and Mail have preserved an extraordinary collection of 20th-century news photography. Every Monday, The Globe features one of these images. In January, we’re looking back at Canadians who lived with disabilities.
Myron Angus was only 22 when he had his first exhibition in Toronto, and 23 when he was invited to paint in the window of a gallery on Yonge Street, where he was photographed for The Globe in 1948. Born with a condition that fuses the joints in the body, Angus could not use his hands or his feet. He was about 7 when his parents met writer William Ritchie Watson, who was selling a book he’d written by mouth. Watson told the couple to put a pencil in their son’s teeth. Eventually, Angus learned to write, but also to draw and paint. He became passionate about landscapes and watercolours, and the quality of his art enticed buyers. He went on to own a Toronto art gallery, and represented the Canadian branch of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists before Pope John Paul II in 1992.
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