Parting Shot: Magnus Agustsson | Visual Art | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

Arts & Culture » Visual Art

Parting Shot: Magnus Agustsson

by

comment
Sculptures by Magnus Agustsson. Photos by Samantha Sapienza; Parkavenueartphoto.com.
  • Sculptures by Magnus Agustsson. Photos by Samantha Sapienza; Parkavenueartphoto.com.

When Magnus Agustsson was eight years old, he enrolled in a drawing class, where his teacher left him alone with a lump of clay for an hour while he went downtown. "When I got the clay, I feel, looking back, I was addicted immediately," Agustsson tells the cameraman in the documentary based on his life, The Art of Being Magnus Agustsson. "I didn't care about drawings or paintings, I wanted to make sculpture."

Sculptures by Magnus Agustsson. Photos by Samantha Sapienza; Parkavenueartphoto.com.
  • Sculptures by Magnus Agustsson. Photos by Samantha Sapienza; Parkavenueartphoto.com.

The Icelandic-born pediatric cardiologist and surgeon would juggle art classes with his family, medical practice, and professorship (he was also teaching at the Rockford Medical College) until 1989. He retired from pediatric cardiology to sculpt full-time, though he continued to practice medicine part-time well into his 80s. He died last June at the age of 89.

Sculptures by Magnus Agustsson. Photos by Samantha Sapienza; Parkavenueartphoto.com.
  • Sculptures by Magnus Agustsson. Photos by Samantha Sapienza; Parkavenueartphoto.com.

Over the course of his artistic career, Agustsson produced more than 100 faces and busts, most of which are on display at his namesake, the Agustsson Gallery in Kingston. The late artist's widow, Diane, estimates he may have created as many as 150 pieces. Diane now acts as the gallery curator and garden cultivator, tending to the jungle of trees and blossoms tucked behind the gallery, her late husband's stone sculptures scattered throughout.

The Agustsson Gallery shows not only the artist's work for whom it's named, but also paintings by local, New York City, and Boston artists. Both the paintings and Augustsson's sculptures are available for purchase. Agustssongallery.com. The Agustsson Gallery in Kingston will hold an open on June 6 from 5-9pm.

Add a comment

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • Autumn Awaits: Activities to Enjoy This Season in Nyack
  • Autumn Awaits: Activities to Enjoy This Season in Nyack

    With high summer quickly transforming into crisp autumn in the Hudson Valley, residents and visitors alike are looking for Covid-safe ways to continue enjoying the best of what the region has to offer. And Nyack, with its diverse shopping, dining, and recreation set against a backdrop of the gorgeous Hudson River, is welcoming them with open arms.
    • Sep 23, 2021
  • The Intersection of Agriculture and Art
  • The Intersection of Agriculture and Art

    The Barns Art Center in East Fishkill Kicks Off Its Fall Season with a Harvest Festival and a Docuseries on Local Farmers
    • Sep 23, 2021
  • Design Destination: Field + Supply’s Fall MRKT Returns to Hutton Brickyards
  • Design Destination: Field + Supply’s Fall MRKT Returns to Hutton Brickyards

    Lovers of craft and design, rejoice! Field+Supply’s Fall MRKT is making a much-anticipated return to Hutton Brickyards, where its 2019 celebration of all things artisan-made drew about 9,000 visitors to peruse, purchase, and play on the Kingston waterfront. From high-end furniture and home decor to apothecary wares, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, and small-batch food and beverage makers, the three-day event promises to be a veritable showcase of one-of-a-kind creators.
    • Sep 21, 2021