John Armstrong ARA


1893 Born in Hastings, Sussex
1913-14 St John's Wood School of Art
1914-18 War service. Commissioned in the Royal Field Artillery. Served in Egypt and Macedonia.
1920s-30s Mural paintings
1920s-50s Designer for theatre
1933 Mural panels for Shell-Mex House
1935-39 Head of Costume at Denham Studios for Korda films
1940-44 War artist on the Home Front
1945 Poster for Labour Party election campaign
Moved to Lamorna, Cornwall
1951 Mural for Telecinema, Festival of Britain
1953-55 Mural for the Council Chamber, Bristol Countil House
1955 Returned to London
1961-63 Mural for Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey
1966 Elected A.R.A.
1973 Died, London

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1928 & '29 Leicester Galleries, London
1938, '45, '47, '51 Lefevre Gallery, London
1957 Leicester Galleries, London
1963 Molton and Lords Gallery, London
1964 Shell-Mex House, London
1975 Memorial exhibition, Royal Academy and Arts Council, London; and on tour to City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
1977 Fermoy Gallery, King's Lynn; The Minories, Colchester; The New Art Centre, London
1984 New Grafton Gallery, London
1989 Mundy and Philo, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

1934 Unit One, Mayor Gallery; and on tour
1950 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 'Painters' Progress'
1951 Festival of Britain, London, '60 Paintings for '51'
1953 Tate Gallery, London, 'Figures in a Setting'
1956 Tate Gallery, London, 'The Seasons'
1958 Tate Gallery, London, 'The Religious Theme'
1965 Marlborough Fine Art, London, 'Art in Britain 1930-40'

Selected Collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Arts Council of Great Britain
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Bolton Museums & Art Gallery
Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
Bury Art Gallery & Museum
The Courtauld Collection
Darlington Library
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
Government Art Collection
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston
The Hepworth Wakefield
Imperial War Museums
The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art
Kirklees Museums and Galleries
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Leeds City Art Gallery
Manchester City Art Gallery
Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art
National Museum Wales
National Trust
Newport Museum and Art Gallery
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
Portsmouth City Museum & Art Gallery
The Postal Museum
RAF Museum, Hendon
Royal Academy of Arts
Scarborough Art Gallery
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Sheffield Museums
University of Hull Art Collection
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Wellcome Collection, London
Wolverhampton City Art Gallery
Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
York Art Gallery

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