Joshua Armitage (b. 1986 West Yorkshire) graduated from the Royal College of Art, London.
His work mainly consists of painting and drawing but expands to include experimental film making and collage.
After studying at the Royal College of Art, he became increasingly interested in the ideas and philosophies of artists like Roy Oxlade, Robert Henri and David Bomberg.
What he looks for in his work is something akin to the work of Matisse or Degas in that he wants the work to be immediate whilst also absorbing, it needs to be created with the least manipulation. Confidence is essential and needs to be seen within the image. If a mark is made with an unsure hand it will appear as an unsure mark in a picture. Drawing is key and is a practice that he constantly exercises. All of these points go some way towards conveying an honest portrayal of experience.
His work is also informed by his own personal history, and his relationship with his experiences. He aims to find the beauty in the overlooked and common place. A kind of meditation on the quiet subtleties or the strangeness of the everyday.
Joshua Armitage has work represented in private collections in the USA, Canada, around Europe and Africa.
Royal College of Art, London, MA 2010 – 2012
Manchester School of art, Manchester, BA Illustration with animation, 1st, 2005 – 2008
ND and Foundation Art and Design, Batley School of Art, Distinction, 2002 - 2005
A Small Good Thing 19th February - 12th March - Online
Paint Talk Presents - With Love
ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary- Short Listed
Wells Art Contemporary - online competition
Works on Paper - Blue Shop Cottage
'Condo 2020', Sunday Painter, Vauxhall, London UK
'These Past Three Months', The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co Clare, Ireland
Profile Gallery - Online Exhibition
‘Curated for Covid, Online exhibition in aid of Mind UK
‘About This Studio’, Online exhibition
Big Link, 14 September - 14 October
Young Space at Standard Projects, 111S, Nash Street, Hortonville, WI, USA
'For Sale’ - The Norman Rea Gallery, York, 2018
Watery, Fluid - Cloud Cuckoo Land Gallery, London, 2018
'Painting A Better Picture For Children' for the NSPCC - The Concept Store, London, 2018
Summer in Winter - Theatre Delicatessen, London, 2018
Culina Artem - Gridshell at the Weald and Downland Living Museum, Chichester, 2017
Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize - Piano Nobile Kings Place, London, 2017
The Junction - London Arts Board, Camberwell, London, 2017
The Waiting Room, Mercer Chance Gallery London, 2016
The Smaller The Larger, Sobering Gallery, Paris, France, 2016
Drawing Residency, Centre for Recent Drawing, London, UK, 2016
Surviving the Savage Sea, Centre for Recent Drawing, London, UK, 2014
Light/Materiality, Second Home, London, UK, 2014
SHOW RCA, Stevens Building, London, UK, 2012
WIP, Henry Moore Gallery, London, UK, 2012
WIP, Hockney Gallery, London, UK, 2011