Artist of the Month: Angus Taylor

Angus Taylor is known in South Africa and abroad for his powerful, often large, works of sculpture, characterised by outstanding craftsmanship. In 1996, he founded his own undertaking, Dionysus Sculpture Works, where he casts his own work and the work of the most prominent South African contemporary sculptors such as Norman Catherine and Deborah Bell.

Taylor is known for his excellent work involved in national and local government commissions as well as private sector large-scale commissions. Some of these works include the Solomon Mahlangu sculpture in Mamelodi, Chief Tshwane in front of the Pretoria City Hall as well as the work commemorating Brenda Fassie in New Town JHB.

Taylor is very conscious of the use of indigenous materials such as granite and different kinds of soil and grass. He has a great interest in the geological structures that characterises different parts of the country. Some of his works can be seen throughout Stellenbosch.


When the owner of Ellerman House, Paul Harris, envisioned the Wine Gallery, the job of developing the space fell into the hands of Angus Taylor. The materials in the Wine Gallery was worked with minimally and only lightly treated. The raw character and natural look of the granite, copper, bronze, steel, glass and sedimentary rock is present throughout the space and visitors feel like they are stepping into a work of art when exploring the Wine Gallery. Paul Harris was very clear in the brief of the Wine Gallery that the space had to tell the story of South African wine and the heritage of winemaking in South Africa that stretches over 350 years.


We encourage all guests staying at Ellerman House to either take our iPad Art Tour or a Guided Art Tour throughout the property to see many of Angus Taylor’s works up close and learn more about his influence in creating the Wine Gallery.