About Gary E. Armstrong

The artwork used to celebrate the Newark Peacemaking Summit was created and generously donated by artist Gary Armstrong. Click here to view Summit Artwork.

Realizing the importance of utilizing his talents to assist those in need, he regularly donates his expertise to create commissioned works for such non-profit organizations as The United Nations Children's Fund in New York, The Barry Bonds Foundation in Los Angeles, and the pediatric wing of the Cooper Hospital Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey among many others.

Over the last 30 years Armstrong has investigated through painting and drawing the visual comparisons between the microcosmic and macrocosmic worlds. His recent work reflects a culmination of these efforts and focuses on the universality of the circle and square in a minimalist yet evocative manner.

Armstrong's work is held in numerous private collections, has been exhibited at The National Arts Club in New York, The Art Institute of New York City, and The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation and the Watson Museum Gallery of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Massachusetts. He also has the unique distinction of being the only artist in the world to have their artwork placed on the surface of the moon, which took place during the Apollo 16 Mission in 1972.

He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from The University of Pennsylvania.

Armstrong currently serves as a Professor of Graphic Design at The Art Institute of New York City. He lives and works in New Jersey.

Resume

  • Current. Professor of Art. Art Institute of New York, New York, New York.

EDUCATION

  • Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Master of Fine Art, Painting.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Fine Arts.
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Four-Years, Painting.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

  • One Person Show: Small Shapes and Large Ensemble Paintings / The Knauer Gallery, West Chester, PA 2013
  • One Person Exhibition, Chubb Insurance Company Gallery, Warren, NJ. 2011
  • One Person Exhibition. Gallery Blu. Harrisburg, PA. 2011.
  • One Person Exhibition, Gillard's Gallery, Bronxville, NY. 2010
  • Art Center of Northern New Jersey, 18th National Juried Show. New Milford, NJ. 2009
  • The National Arts Club, One Person Exhibition, New York, New York. 2007
  • The Art Institute of New York City, One Person Exhibition, New York, New York. 2007
  • Mason Murer Fine Arts, Atlanta, Georgia. 2007
  • Salmagundi Club Annual Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, New York. 2007
  • Sculpture Commission. Main Line Art Center, Art Takes Flight, Haverford, PA. 2005-2006
  • Juried One Person exhibition. West Deptford Public Library, West Deptford, NJ. 2004

ADDITIONAL GALLERY/EXHIBITIONS/ACTIVITIES

  • Walk with the Warriors, Walk Across America, Vietnam Memorial Rededication, Washington DC.
  • Apollo 16 Mission to the Moon. Moon Medallion Artist. Dayton, Ohio.
  • One Person Exhibition. Carl Sol way Gallery. Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • PREVIEW. Studio San Giuseppe, College of Mount ST. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • DRAWINGS. National Exhibition, Watson Gallery, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. NATIONAL AWARD.
  • All- Ohio Painting and Photography Biennial, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio.
  • 36th Annual Midyear Show, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio.
  • Twentieth Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibition, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

PHILANTHROPIC/DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

  • The United Nations Children's Fund, New York, New York
  • Michael Bolton Foundation, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Southern New Jersey Regional Children's Hospital, Camden, New Jersey
  • Bonds Family Foundation, Los Angeles, California
  • Eden Family of Services, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Historic Bertram's Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

MUSEUM/CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

  • EDEN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION, Princeton, New Jersey.
  • JOHNSON & JOHNSON CORPORATION, Diagnostic Division, Raritan, New Jersey.
  • CABRINI COLLEGE, Radnor, Pennsylvania.
  • CENTRAL TRUST BANK, NA. Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • FIRST NATIONAL BANK, Dayton, Ohio.
  • PROVIDENT BANK, Dayton, Ohio.
  • WATSON GALLERY, WHEATON COLLEGE, Norton, Massachusetts.
  • NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY. Highland Heights, Kentucky.
  • SMITHSONIAN AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM. Washington, DC.
 

September 14
Mason Murer Gallery
199 Armour Drive Atlanta, Georgia
Art Opening Event
Sept. 14, 2007

October 16-21
Art Institute New York City
11-17 Beach St.
New York, New York

November 5-11
The National Art Club Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, New York
Art Opening Event
November 7, 2007

ARTIST STATEMENT

Art, for me as an artist, is a collection of ideas with two overarching principles defining my work. The first is a dialectic logic that involves polarities – concepts that appear contradictory or in direct opposition to each other: black/white; symmetrical/asymmetrical; deductive/inductive; constant/changing; physical/metaphysical. These opposite energies allow for an often-nuanced continuum of change, and one that ties into my second principle, the notion of time. Time is a constant and yet ephemeral; essentially it is a human construct, never ending yet fleeting. The past is gone, and the future is not yet here, so all we really have is the present moment. And yet as soon as "this moment" occurs, even one second later, it's already in the past.

I see art in terms of essence (the constant) and perception (change); while a work of art is a tangible, enduring object, human views of it evolve over time through historical events, societal attitudes, technological advances, and other influences, which also work into the interpretation of the art as well. As a result, these perceptions go beyond time and the mind's limitations to reach the "universal" – an essential, holistic consciousness that leads to the soul and allows us to embrace the "oneness" of the artistic endeavor. I see this framework as fundamental to the creative process and in my own work as well, with my art being the constant that is influenced by daily, ever-changing occurrences over time, including news events, weather patterns, technology, and everyday experiences.

I have been trained formally as a painter with a master's degree in painting from Cranbrook Academyof Art, Bauhaus School of America, and a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a painting certificate from the oldest art school in America, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. An early highlight of my career occurred in 1972 when a piece of my artwork was placed on the Moon during the Apollo 16 mission. That artwork was designed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United States Air Force. These experiences, coupled with my professional work as an art educator and designer, influence my artistic endeavors. My pedagogy and creative passion are a synthesis of several schools of thought that include Gestalt visual theory, Japanese theory of design (known as Notan), Formulation theory (from Fibonacci), the Golden Section/Rule, and perceptual studies that revolve around balance, form, form development, deconstruction, and time.

As a result, my art presents numerous points of view that speak through a combination of our five senses, metaphysics, nature, science, art techniques, and imagination. A single work of art might be composed of eclectic elements and ideas using a combination of diverse materials such as acrylic, oils, and alkyd paint, as well as different techniques, which include drawing, painting, collage, and photography. An image might include placing objects on the surface of a cut wood plane or having them protrude from that surface. Images also may contain holes that are cut completely through the form or include a combination of these techniques with simple and compound shapes and images. The complexity of this work stems from as belief from the early part of the 21st century that "anything and everything can fit if seen in it true context."

Like artists before me, I am interested in the principle of a total work of art, a piece of creation that, in and of itself, evokes a sense of unification and oneness. While the mind may “break up” the unity of a work by analyzing it, the artist's job is to create an experience of feeling, an aesthetic sense of that oneness, by combining essence and perception – the constant and the changing – of the work itself. When I contemplate the relevance of my work as a voice of today, my thoughts begin with "we," not "I."

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