1908 - 2006
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Angus Shortt was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1908. His family immigrated to Canada in 1911 and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He started started working for Brigden’s commercial art firm as an apprentice wood engraver in 1926 and was sent to study at the University of Manitoba under Professor L. LeMoine Fitzgerald.
With a keen interest in painting wildlife, Shortt studied wild birds plumage and anatomy. In 1932, he obtained permission to hunt and taxidermy wild birds. In 1935 he worked at the Museum of Manitoba restoring a Treherne Plesiosaur skeleton. From 1936-1938 he presented research on wild birds to the Natural History Society of Manitoba, where he also met Elizabeth Haak, who became his work partner and wife. In 1939, he became an artist-technician for the public relations department of Ducks Unlimited. He designed a series of the Manitoba wildflower and bird paintings and produced designs for medallions, greeting cards, postage stamps and books.
Shortt was awarded the Good Citizenship Award in 1969; the Centennial Gold Medal of Remembrance by the Manitoba Historical Society in 1970; and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.