About the Artist
A move to the West Country in the early 1970’s saw his style move away from the more traditional to what Tom Quinn in his book “Angling in Art” described as “Romantic and vaguely impressionistic”. Frequent exhibitions in both London and in the West Country have brought his unique style to the attention of collectors from Europe, the United States and Canada.
An important part of Robin Armstrong’s development as an artist has been achieved by the opportunity he has had to travel in Europe, America and in exotic locations such as the high Arctic.
In recent years painting in oils has added another facet to his work and some of these paintings were featured in his latest book “Dartmoor River” published by Halsgrove.
The Author of six books about life as an Artist/Angler and Naturalist, Robin has for the last 8 years leased a studio overlooking the Salmon ladder on the beautiful Tavy Estuary, where a wealth of wildlife can be observed at all states of tide and in all seasons,moving to a new studio in 2008 has brought fresh enthusiasm to travel and record the natural world.
Although wildlife and landscape still provide most of the inspiration for his work, Robin’s first love remains in the realm of the angling world and the fish so sought after by the millions of anglers across the globe.
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I was born in Japan but instantly felt that Cornwall is my spiritual home. The landscape, the sky, the weather and the people all combine to make Cornwall a place I want to be. Back home in Japan I work with natural stone and grind it down into powered to use as a paint material. I see the amazing granite of Cornwall as a perfect material to use in my art.
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I studied graphic design for 4 years in the 1970’s and gained Associate Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers and of the Society of Typographical Designers. I went on to work in London for companies including IPC Magazines and Royle Print Ltd.