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John Armstrong

John Armstrong (1893-1973) was born in Hastings, Sussex, and studied art in London before, and immediately after, serving in the First World War. His first solo exhibition was at the Leicester Galleries in 1928, and after exhibiting with Unit One at the Mayor Gallery in 1934, his work took on an increasingly Surrealist quality. In the 1940s, Armstrong developed a technique of applying short strokes of colour to a painted ground that showed through as part of the final surface. His pictures - using oil, tempera or gouache - have been noted as 'fastidiously painted in muted colours'.


Two Musicians - Details

Two Musicians c 1930s
30 x 20 inches
Tempera on board

Private collection

Untitled - Details

Untitled (Composition with Shells) c 1940s
15.5 x 21.5 inches
Gouache on paper

Private collection