Date: 7 March 2019 (Thursday)
Venue: WLB211, Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University.
In this talk Robert Armstrong will talk about his painting practice – ranging between earlier figurative and expressionist work to more recent pared back paintings. He will explore the thought processes and decision-making involved in his evolving practice.A meditation on classical, mainly European, painting has been central to Robert Armstrong’s painting process, but often in oblique, selective ways. Frequently minor background details of Renaissance paintings are excavated to provide a starting point separated from grand historical, mythological or biblical narratives.
He says that he wants the surface of his paintings to show the history of their making and to contain their own narrative. In his most recent squeegee paintings gesture and image are erased and what is left is a ‘paintscape’ – a glimpse of a world in a state of flux.About Robert Armstrong
Born in Ireland in 1953, Robert Armstrong lives and works in Dublin, and is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, also in Dublin. He is a Founder Member of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin and was Head of Painting at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) from 2002 until his retirement in 2018, having taught at the college since 1991. He has exhibited regularly in Ireland and abroad for more than forty years. His work is included in many private and public collections and has been the subject of essays by writers including Aidan Dunne, Declan Long and Colm Tóibín. He is on residency in Academy of Visual Arts from 1 March to 12 April 2019.