Michael Armitage

Michael Armitage (b. 1984, Nairobi, KE) lives and works in London. Studied at The Slade School of Art, London, UK (2007) and The Royal Academy Schools, London, UK (2010). Armitage's paintings weave multiple narratives that are drawn from historical and current news media, internet gossip, and his own ongoing recollections of Kenya. His landscapes engage with the development of contemporary African art from the market place to the museum.  They bring into question the function of art within the rapidly changing cultures of East Africa and the position of the artist within the development of the Identity and Politics of the region. Select solo exhibitions include Strange Fruit, White Cube, Hong Kong, CN (2017); Michael Armitage / MATRIX 263, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, US (2016); Inside the White Cube: Michael Armitage, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK (2015); and Royal Academy of Art, London (2010). Select group exhibitions include Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st Century Home, Manchester, UK (2016); Some Are Nights Other Stars, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK (2016); Tightrope Walk: Painted Images After Abstraction, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK (2015); La vie Moderne: La 13th Biennale de Lyon Lyon, FR (2015); I am, because of you, Yuan Museum, Beijing, CN (2015); 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, London (2014); Tan Lines, Drawing Room, London, UK (2014); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK (2013); and Connecting Worlds, Drawing Room/ UBM Project, London (2013). His work is held in private collections including the Frank Suss Collection.

Last updated: 23.02.2017

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