"Chris Armstrong paints with the grace and confidence of considerable training and well-distilled purpose. Armstrong's pictures are most agreeable to look at, but he has, in addition, both a conscience and a nervously weird eye on the world and its people. The who, and where that he offers are isolated, quietly perilous, and subconsciously full of warning. They are also alive and ever so slightly promising of connection and hope. Armstrong has a unique and dangerously honest vision, and he renders it with disarming precision."
—Frederick G. Dillen, author of Hero and Fool
Christopher Armstrong is a young American realist painter who specializes in portraying the ocean with all its vagaries and vicissitudes. His paintings are often so realistic that one can almost feel the roll of the waves and the spray of the surf. His love of the sea is reflected in these over-sized works that seem to mimic the vastness of the oceans themselves. The artist in his own words explains:
"Every day, I have contact with the ever-changing dynamics of the ocean," he says."I paint the sea not only as I see it but as I think it. The process of creative production requires one to be disciplined, specifically with regards to generating and focusing of energy."
Chris Armstrong studied painting and art history in Florence, Italy before receiving his BA from Bucknell University. After graduation Armstrong went on to receive his MFA from NYU where he won the school's MVP award and exhibited at Washington Square East Galleries. He lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts with his wife Tatiana and their daughter Lily. He co-presides over North Mountain Press, a fine art publishing company specializing in the work of his late father American realist David Armstrong. The younger Armstrong's work was selected for the U.S. State Department's "Art in Embassies Exhibition."
Studio of the Artist