02. Artists

Michael Armitage

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b. 1984 in Nairobi (Kenya); lives and works in London (United Kingdom)

Michael Armitage's paintings draw on the subject matter of Kenya, his country of birth. Painting with oil paint onto lubugo, a traditional bark cloth from Uganda, Armitage applies the oil paint in layers, in a process of scraping back, revising and repainting. Producing a broad range of images inspired by news media, East African legends, internet gossip and his own memory. Recent exhibitions include White Cube Bermondsey, and The South London Gallery, both in London.

In partnership with the British Council and the White Cube Gallery, London

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Works


La vie moderne

5 works by Michael Armitage, 2014 - 2015

Michael Armitage paints lyrically figurative landscapes whose starting point is the often hard realities of his native Kenya – the political system, the social inequalities and the violence. He works with successive layers of oil paint on lubugo, a traditional Ugandan bark cloth, in a process of scraping back, revising and repainting that produces a broad range of images inspired by the media, East African legends, the Internet and his own memory. His choice of pastel colours and his dreamlike interpretation of photographic images, his conscious references to an art history with roots in the “Western” modernity of Gauguin, make his works seem like a reworking of great historical painting, but tinged with irony and fantasy.

With the support of British Council and White Cube Gallery, London

Numbers (Mau Mau), 2014
115 x 115 cm
Collection privée, Londres

Lucy, 2015
170 x 149,5 cm
Collection Glenn et Amanda Fuhrman, New-York
Courtesy the FLAG Art Foundation

In the garden, 2015
195,43 x 147,64 cm
Collection Famille Speyer, New-York

Hornbill (21st - 24th September 2013), 2014
Collection privée Londres

#mydressmychoise, 2015
149,9 x 195,6 cm
Collection privée

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there



Gallery
Michael Armitage 6 photos
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Michael Armitage
5 works by Michael Armitage - 2014 - 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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Michael Armitage
#mydressmychoise - 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Michael Armitage
Lucy - 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Michael Armitage
In the garden - 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Michael Armitage
Hornbill (21st-24th September 2013) - 2014
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Michael Armitage
Numbers (Mau Mau) - 2014
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)