About the artist

John Armstrong NDD ATC, born September 1937, trained as a painter and teacher at art schools in Swindon, Walthamstow and Brighton. Taught art and crafts in schools, worked in museums in Hove and Lewes, and at the Exhibitions Unit, University of Brighton Gallery. John is married to Helen Armstrong and they have three sons and two daughters.

1958 New English Art Club, London
1975 One Man Exhibition, Hove Museum of Art
1979 Museum of Modern Religious Art, Ostend, Belgium
1980 Liverpool Cathedral Congress
1980 Bristol Cathedral
1981 Chichester Centre of Arts Festival
1981 One Man Exhibition, Hove Museum of Art
1982 and 1998 Westminster Cathedral
1983 and 1984 Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions
1984 Arundel Festival, and Brighton Polytechnic
1985 Holy Trinity Church, Bath, and Crediton
1985 ‘Religious Spirit in Contemporary Art’, Westminster Cathedral
1996 One Man Exhibition, The Grange, Rottingdean, Brighton
1998 Galerie La Papessa, Vienna
1999 One Man Exhibition, St Raphael Gallery, Piccadilly, London
2001 Dudelange Museum, Luxembourg
2002 ‘Creation’, Ditchling Museum, Sussex
Brighton Festival Group shows annually since 1986 and Open Studios
Annual group shows with Society of Sussex Painters in Worthing, Eastbourne, etc.
2004, 2005 St Raphael Gallery, Piccadilly, London
Jul 2006 Westminster Cathedral, London, "Christ Among Us" exhibition
Dec 2006 - Jan 2007 Landscapes, SW1 Gallery, London
Apr–Jun 2007 Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol, "Christ Among Us" exhibition
Mar 2006 Joint exhibitions with Abdoulie Conteh, Grange Gallery Brighton
Nov 2006 St Lukes Studio Portslade
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2007 SSP group exhibition, Thebes Gallery Lewes
2008 Landscapes, Art Hut, Hurstmonceux, Sussex
Sep 2008 SW1 Gallery, London
Jul 2009 St Lukes Studio, Portslade

Work in churches includes Great Altar Crucifix at St Peters parish church, Brighton; Great Hanging Crucifix at St Boniface Tooting, London; a cycle of sixteen paintings at St Georges, Hove; and an eight figure Reredos at St Marys, Bath.

Contributed landscape illustrations to two “How to Paint” books by Gerald Woods; written articles for national design magazines; member of local, national and international art societies. Prizewinner of Laing competitions at the Mall Galleries, London, 1982, 2000.

A painting, ‘Hove Beach’, commissioned as Hove’s wedding present to Prince Charles, is now in the Royal Collection at Highgrove. Paintings are also in private collections in England, Belgium, Singapore, Australia, at Hove Museum of Art, the collections of East Sussex County Council and Nuffield Foundation, London.