John Armstrong: Dream and Reality

3 June – 3 September 2017

Although John Armstrong ARA (1893 – 1973) studied briefly at St John’s Wood School of Art he was essentially self-taught. His one-man exhibition in 1928 established him in avant-garde circles, including that of Unit One with Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash and others.

He later became deeply involved in theatre and film, designing sets for the Royal Ballet and costumes for ten of Alexander Korda’s epic films.

His diverse work shows the influence of Surrealism, but he was never a Surrealist; instead he forged a very personal style that attacked conventional ideas and beliefs with ironic wit and personal symbolism.

The exhibition is supported by a display of work from Armstong’s contemporaries including Roland Penrose, Tristram Hillier and Marion Elizabeth Adnams.

Organised in association with Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance


Caption: John Armstrong: Coggeshall Church, Essex, (1940), (Tate)


Further information:
  • Open: Monday – Saturday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm; Sunday 11.00am – 3.00 pm
  • Location:  The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB
  • This is a free exhibition
  • The gallery is in the middle of the town centre
  • Contact 01704 533333