Angus McDonald is an Australian contemporary artist and filmmaker. After completing an Economics degree at the University of Sydney, he began painting, eventually enrolling at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. He was awarded the school's Brett Whiteley Scholarship in 1994 and was a finalist in the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship in the same year.
After completing his studies, he left Australia to live and paint on the small island of Leros, in Eastern Greece and afterwards in Italy, continuing his studies at the Florence Academy of Art in 1999 & 2000.
Since 1995, he has held more than 30 solo exhibitions in Australia, Greece, Japan and the UK. McDonald has also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs across Australia, South-East Asia, Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2007, he travelled to Antarctica as the Expedition Artist at the invitation of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation and visited again 2 years later.
McDonald has been a frequent finalist in numerous national art awards including Australia’s biggest art competition, the Archibald Prize, where he has been selected as a finalist on five occasions: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and this year, 2019.
In 2017, McDonald began a film project to advocate for more humanitarian approaches to managing the welfare of forcibly displaced people seeking asylum.His films are created under the name Howling Eagle, and his series titled "Philoxenia" (a Greek word meaning 'extending hospitality and friendship to the stranger'), are a selection of short films and interviews about refugee protection across the globe with particular emphasis on current refugee policies in Australia. One of these short films, MANUS ( testimonials from Manus Island) has been shortlisted for film festivals later in 2019. McDonald is also an Ambassador for World Vision’s KidsOffNauru Campaign.
He lives with his family in Lennox Head, near Byron Bay in northern NSW.