David Armstrong horizontal black and white photographic print featuring a wall and a tree

Armstrong, David

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David Armstrong

Wall at Versailles, 1992/1999

Photogravure, Edition of 8, Edition of 35

28 3/4 x 37 inches 73 x 94 centimeters

Signed and numbered

David Armstrong was born and raised just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. There he attended the Boston Museum School from 1974-77.  Armstrong began his studies focusing on painting but abruptly switched his attention to photography. Over next decade, Armstrong continued to pursue photography, working in New York and Boston. In 1988 he received a BFA from Tufts University. Succeeding graduation, Armstrong primarily produced black and white portraits, which possess the intimacy and intensity of his intuitive style. His work is both forceful and ephemeral, successfully capturing both the essence of the person Armstrong's own desires.


In the early 90s, Armstrong began working with landscapes. This new venture served as a stimulus and as a way to relinquish control of the earlier, more rigid images. The landscapes’ softer subject matter and painterly style embody the personal and the ephemeral. Once again Armstrong’s work serves as a window into himself: an internal and external landscape. After moving to Berlin in 1992, Armstrong began working almost exclusively in color. Discreetly dramatic, these powerful landscapes sneak up on you; the palette is singularly lush, mysterious and sensual.

His work over the last four or five years has become a synthesis of portraiture and landscape - one could not exist without the formal or intuitive elements of the other. The newest work is a series of portraits of trees: diptychs that are simple and eloquent, yet full of the same quiet turbulence, raw beauty and mercurial emotion that have always been present in Armstrong's work.