Joshua Armitage London, United Kingdom
Josh Armitage, from West Yorkshire. Studied at Batley School of Art, Manchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art graduating in 2012. He makes drawings, paintings and the occasional hand made animation. His work is held in collections internationally.
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.