“Open Water” Paintings by Chris Armstrong
I have never had a smidge of interest in learning to SCUBA. Watching the previews for the movie, Open Water permanently removed the concept from my bucket list.
I am, however, intrigued by the mysteries of our oceans. One of my all-time favorite books is Ship of Gold. A true story, it chronicles the recovery of over a billion dollars in gold from the SS Central American which sank off the coast of North Carolina in 1857. The vessel came to rest two miles under water, a depth no one had been able to explore until 1987. The major takeaway from the book is that we know more about outer space than we do our oceans. No telling what’s down there (or out there, for that matter).
Artist Chris Armstrong covers the surface in his soothing work.
Gallery Representation: Gallery Henoch
Will the real Vija Celmins, Ran Ortner, or Chris Armstrong please step forward. Somewhat like, “Which came first, the beer or the bowling?”
ooooooooooohhhh! versatile painting.
It’s quite hard to convince people by painting water only.
But this time I am quite convinced.
Very nice information.
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I really respect a good and productive artistic fixation. Morandi exemplified that. I see it here as well, though on a much grander scale (at least subject-wise). I feel like there’s a purity there, a dismissal of useless clutter- something I see in a lot of highly regarded art. Really good work.
Oh! so good to hear from you! I will look him up! I hope you’ll subscribe to the blog and you will get it in your inbox each day! Would love to blog about YOUR work if you send me some pics. Maybe I could actually do both you and your mom in the same post
Bets- Your blog is fabulous!!! I just opened a piece of mail concerning the artist F. Scott Hess. Here is link to his narrative still life paintings http://www.openmuseum.org/collection/show/105
I love you!
I am so impressed. I can never paint waves.
i think this is the Chris Armstrong who used to live in Nashville, married to Tatiana.
The movie Jaws instilled a lifelong fear of deep water. I also have no desire to explore space. I have a tremendous respect for the power of the oceans. This artist has beautifully captured the force and calm of the waters. PS – I am certified diver and need a full tank of oxygen when I dive.
Wow. Water is so hard to paint and many great artists never grasp it. He choose such a hard subject and seemingly handles it with such ease.