My Show called RUSTED will be opening. Stage EIghteen, the greatest venue in Fayetteville. Always something different, entertaining, and unique! Great Drinks, too!
Joel Armstrong has been working with wire as a medium for over 20 years. He has kept the work flat to keep it from being sculpture. His current work takes pride in classic art pieces, giving them his own flair.Read More
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The Birth of Venus is an iconic image and a cliché; but it is also a work of utter mastery. Rather than attempt pure photorealism, Botticelli chooses an almost cartoon-like style of sharp outlines filled in by washes of colour. Today we would call the deliberately crude rendering of the trees, shoreline, and water some form of Rousseauian Primitivism. Botticelli clearly has the skill to work just a realistically as he desires; I conclude that his primitivism is deliberate. Botticelli understands that by simplifying away the level of the smallest and least essential details what is left has all the more visual power. Simplification or no, not only are the outlines gorgeous but the colour washes are divine. Look at how limid and luminous are the colours in Venus' skin. (Yet for all that Botticelli manages to get Venus' left nipple in the wrong place, which suggests along with the sloping shoulders that she was drawn from imagination, not life.)
The story line is simple: we have Modesty attempting to cover the new-born nakedness of Beauty, while the god Zephyr (perhaps with a reconciled Chloris in tow?) attempts to prevent this tragedy from coming to pass.
David entwined in vine...Revised, July 11, 2017. I kept thinking the there needed to be more ivy. And I was right.
Spent two weeks in Italy, and 4 weeks in Ireland. Had a blast. David was very impressive, as was the entire trip.
Renowned collage Artist Cory Peeke and I did several collaborations together, combining my assemblage skills with his beautiful collage work. One of those pieces was accepted into the 3rd Annual Collaborations and Mixed Media Exhibition, March 18, 2017 to April 22, 2017, at the The Gallery at Center for Creative Education in West Palm Beach, FL.
Joel Armstrong participated as an exhibitor and performed a 2-hour art demonstration at "The Art of the Bloom," starting on January 5th thru 8th in Wilmington, North Carolina. Cameron Art Museum and the New Hanover Garden Club held the event at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, in Wrightsville Beach, NC.
Joel Armstrong's installation "Time to Address'er Drawers" takes 1st Place at the international juried show "When Language Meets Art" in Lubbock, Texas. Dec 2nd, 2016.
Several years ago, I had a local photographer friend, Luke Davis http://www.mainstreetstudios.net shoot some photos of some of my favorite pieces. Going through my iphoto images, I ran into these beautiful images that he took. I couldn't be prouder, nor happier at what Luke shot. I think it is time to get some new images photographed by him, again.
further along with book commission, still a long way to go. But book layout is complete, placing some illustrations.
20" pencil version to work off of, My next step is to use a marker and define all the lines as accurate as I can, and indication all connection marks. The client has requested to keep this drawing, so my next step will be to finish this, then trace onto tracing paper, and hope that the tracing paper is strong enough to work on. Might need a stronger vellum.
I was just invited to teach a weeklong class called "Drawing with Wire" next summer July 10th thru 14th at the Mark Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. They offer amazing classes on all aspects of woodworking as well as supplemental classes like mine, that can offer food for thought to their students. It is open to the public, you can find out about classes at www.marcadams.com.
It will include working with baling wire, as well as the nickel/silver wire.
New exhibition featuring my wire drawing of a cat.
A good friend wanted his favorite Bass Guitar created out of silver wire. It proved to be multi-layers due to all the detail. I finished it and picked it up to admire it when the top neck of the guitar hit the fan. I'll never do that again. I was soon back at the wire and solder drawing board. (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR MORE DETAILS)
I've added 3 more illustrations to the file http://www.joelarmstrongfineart.com/new-gallery/