Cornwall LivingIssue #90

Inspired by Cornwall

In the pursuit of his long-held passion for painting, Joe Armstrong is set to take his work to a brand new audience at London’s Brick Lane Gallery.

Joe Armstrong grew up in London, where he studied Art and Design for five years at Epsom School of Art. After working in advertising there for a number of years, Joe moved to Cornwall in 1986, where he enjoyed a successful 30-year career as a Graphic Designer. Painting, however, has always been his true passion, and he has since taken the decision to pursue it full time. Keen to further promote his evocative landscape pieces, having already built up a global following by exhibiting and selling his work in galleries around Cornwall, Joe is excited to take the next big step by returning to his hometown, to exhibit at London’s Brick Lane Gallery.

“I get so excited when confronted with a blank canvas on my easel”

‘Landscape: Rural vs Urban’, which is set to take place this September, is a group exhibition for emerging artists working in all mediums. One of five exhibiting artists, the event represents an exciting opportunity for Joe – to take his mastery of colour and texture and showcase it to a brand new audience.

We ask Joe about his style and inspiration. “I get so excited when confronted with a blank canvas on my easel,” he explains. “I love utilising colour to represent natural surroundings; I also love the texture of oil paint on canvas.” Joe relies on only two tools: a palette knife and his hands, which, as he explains, give his work a more abstract and less precise finish.

The result is dazzling and it’s one we’re sure is going to be a hit at The Brick Lane Gallery. Taking place from 19th to 30th September this year, if you happen to be in the capital and are hoping to meet and see the work of one of Cornwall’s most exciting emerging artists, be sure to pencil ‘Landscape: Rural vs Urban’ into your diary.

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"I get so excited when confronted with a blank canvas on my easel"