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John Armstrong - 20th Century Oil, Portrait of a Woman



An impressive portrait by listed comic book artist John Armstrong showing a young woman wearing her hair in a fashionable 1960s style. The graphic influences are evident in this artwork. Armstrong has emphasised the features of the sitter, giving the woman large emotive eyes, a classic comic illustration trope. Unsigned. On canvas on stretchers.


There are some spots of surface dirt most visible to the left arm of the sitter. Overall the appearance is very good.


57.5 x 48.6cm (22.6" x 19.1")
Sheet: 60.7 x 50.3cm (23.9" x 19.8")

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Artist Biography

John Armstrong is an artist best known for his work in girls' comics in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Although he drew as a child, his first formal art lessons were in the army while serving in the Far East. After leaving the army he went to Constantine College in Middlesborough, where he passed Intermediate Arts and Crafts and gained National Diplomas in Design in both painting and illustration, and then trained as a teacher, but did not enter the profession, instead becoming a commercial artist for a Newcastle ad agency.

After a year there, he moved to London, hawked his portfolio around, got a job in a studio near St. Paul's Cathedral, and began doing freelance work in educational books. His first work in comics was a ballet story in Girl's Crystal. This was followed by work on School Friend (including "Cherry and the Children"), Misty (including "Moonchild") and Tammy (including the long-running gymnastics strip "Bella"). After these comics folded, he drew a comic version of the children's school drama "Grange Hill" for Beeb for about a year, and then began working for DC Thomson's girls' titles, including "The Secret Gymnast" for Bunty. He worked in colour for the first time on Bunty covers and annuals, and drew some horse stories, a personal passion.

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Code kj724
Artist John Armstrong
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 57.5 x 48.6cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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