Most art history mention John Armstrong (1893-1973) in the context of Unit One and the development of British abstraction in the 1930s. Or else, he is categorized as a surrealist. Neither label fits his varied output. Although he painted abstracts throughout his life and admitted that one or two of his pictures could be called surrealist, he was primarily a realist with strong metaphysical and allegorical slant. The first major study of Armstrong's work and draws on new and unpublished research that puts into context a fine and original talent.He was a habitually hard worker but perhaps felt now that he had a lot of ground to make up as a painter after the distractions of film work. In 1938 ... In The Studio for April 1939, Armstrong laid out his strong feelings about framing in an admirably lucid article entitled a#39;My Paintings * and their framesa#39;. In it he ... He liked what we now think of(in interior design parlance) as a#39;a distressed looka#39; in walls or wood.
|Author||:||Andrew Lambirth, Annette Armstrong, Jonathan Gibbs|
|Publisher||:||Philip Wilson Publishers - 2009|