Robert Armstrong: Squeegee Paintings
Kevin Kavanagh is delighted to present a new solo exhibition of paintings by Robert Armstrong, his first since Assumptions in 2014.
“If I am forced to associate, I think of my pictures as explosive landscapes, worlds, and distances held on a flat surface”.
– Helen Frankenthaler
In his new paintings Robert Armstrong delights in the dripping, slipping, scraping, melding, oozing, brushing, and drying of oil paint on a heavily gessoed linen ground. The squeegee ravages the surface, clearing, and altering the physical ground as well as shaping the image itself. The results present ‘paintscape’ images of their own making and they connect to natural and man-made processes in landscape. The world depicted seems poised in a state of flux, suggesting the natural cycle of change, yet witness also to the interference of humanity.
In March Robert Armstrong will travel to Hong Kong to the Academy of Visual Arts as Artist-in-Residence at Hong Kong Baptist University where he will exhibit at the end of the residency.