Born in Los Angeles in 1940, Tony Angell cultivated a passion for nature in his childhood, exploring and studying wildlife in the then-undeveloped San Fernando Valley. He moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1959 to attend the University of Washington on a track scholarship. In Seattle, Angell continued his discoveries of nature, deepening his intimate connection to the creatures of the Northwest. After receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech communication, he became a teacher. Angell then assumed the position of State Supervisor of Environmental Education in the Office of the State Superintendent of Schools. This work allowed him to continue to nurture his understanding and appreciation of the region’s natural diversity as he traveled extensively working with State educators.
Although Angell never formally trained as an artist, he assiduously furthered his innate artistic talent. Drawing and sculpting from life, his intimate knowledge of Northwest wildlife is informed not only by his pursuit of taxidermy but from the extensive rehabilitation of wild creatures back to their habitat. Angell’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures are rendered with meticulous accuracy. As an impressive testament to his authority on the behavior of birds and his artistic talent, his 2005 book, “In the Company of Crows and Ravens,” was awarded First Place (Book Illustration) and the Overall Winner awards in 2006 by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London. Angell’s illustrations and writing have garnered many other awards. His most recent book, “The House of Owls,” published by Yale University Press, is on The New York Times Best Sellers list and won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) for the Nature and the Environment category. Angell also was awarded the highest honor, the Gold Oakleaf, from the National Nature Conservancy for his conservation work.
Angell has exhibited consistently throughout the United States since 1970. His work can be found in many private collections and in public collections including the Frye Art Museum in Seattle; the Museum of Wildlife in Jackson, Wyoming; the Seattle Aquarium; the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo; the City of Redmond; Sleeping Lady Resort; the V&A Museum and Cornell University.