Michael Armitage

Kenyan, b. 1984

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Tate Britain, and 1 more
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MCA Chicago, and 1 more
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Art in America
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Biennale de Lyon, and 1 more
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Bio

Michael 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 country of birth. Living and working between London and Nairobi, Armitage paints with oil on Lubugo, a traditional bark cloth from Uganda, which is beaten over a period of days creating a natural material which when stretched taut has occasional holes and coarse indents. As noted by the artist, the use of Lubugo is at once an attempt to locate and destabilise the subject of his paintings.

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