Painting is in itself a quiet political protest in a world of total immersion in business driven consumerism, economic models, corporatisation and centralised hegemonies. On the level of the collective unconscious, of the dream, these works are images of the mind’s eye, the imagination, with other meanings and associations.
– Michael Armstrong, July, 2017
Michael Armstrong studied art at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Christchurch. Since then he has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows throughout the country and in Australia, most recently The Blurred Fringes of the Hyperbolic at Ashburton Art Gallery in 2017. His many awards include the prestigious Francis Hodgkins Fellowship, the Heartland Sculpture Award and Fulbright Wallace Arts Trust Award. Michael is lecturer and programme co-ordinator of art at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, (formerly Aoraki Polytechnic) in Timaru.