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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Perloff

Michael Armitage Exhibition RA June 2021

Armitage works from memory and with a narrative of the discourse between his Western and East African culture he uses mythological stories and he talked of oppressive perspective he paints on an a lumbago bark cloth which is taken from the bark of trees from his home town Kenya. The cloth usually has holes and is sewn together and you can see the stitching of where the cloth meets. This cloth was a traditional burial garments but is now used as baskets and place mats and other tourist souvenirs. Armitage uses a painterly figurative style where the images all merge into a pattern of rhythm and are very beautiful and interesting to look at with a vibrant energy throughout the painting.

I find his work very interesting ant the style and colour choice are very sensitive. I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition

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