Approved: 15.08.2017

Joshua Armitage


Approved: 15.08.2017



All my work finds its routes in drawing from observation. I believe that the shapes, forms and gestures collected in these drawings are far more interesting than those I could invent but I am then free to use these as I wish. This process for me also leads to more aesthetic surprises.  I want to preserve a sense of drawing within the paintings I make and also open the images up to yet more variables that can lead to an image that feels right.

My own history informs my work, in particular the loss of my parents, my Dad when I was young and my Mum when I was in my mid twenties. Even though most of my work begins as observations of things I encounter now the images become tainted by my own memory. I want to catch within the paintings some very specific, potent feelings that I find hard to describe but that occur at certain times throughout my life. I want to use light and space and the process of making paintings to recreate an idea of these feelings. 

CV & Education

Exhibitions & Residencies


‘For Sale’
Opening night: 15th June 2018, 7-9pm
Running: 15 June – 21 June 2018
The Norman Rea Gallery, York

Watery, Fluid
Open 4 May - 21 June
Private View 3 May 6 - 9pm
Cloud Cuckoo Land Gallery, London, E15 2GW

'Painting A Better Picture For Children' for the NSPCC, The Concept Store, London, 2018

Summer in Winter - Theatre Delicatessen, London, 2018


Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, Piano Nobile Kings Place, London, 18th May - 22nd September 2017

The London Arts Board : A Retrospective, 10th - 14th June 2017 

The Junction, London Arts Board, Camberwell, 16th April - 16th May 2017


Rhythm and Depiction, Centre for Recent Drawing, London, 2016

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



A Contemporary Zine, ICA/University of Kent, 2015

Drawings 2010, Self Published, 2010

RCA Animation Portfolio 2011, Royal College of Art, 2011

Ballad Of, Online Magazine, Illustration spots, 2012



Royal College of Art, London, MA, 2010 – 2012

Manchester School of Art, Manchester, BA Animation (1st), 2005 – 2008

Foundation Art and Design, Batley School of Art (Distinction), 2004 - 2005

ND Multimedia, Batley School of Art (Distinction), 2002 - 2004