Michael Armitage received a BA from the Slade School of Art, London in 2007 then graduated with an MA from The Royal Academy School in London in 2010.

Armitage’s landscape paintings feature large areas of flat colour that dominate his landscapes. The colour acts as both the central motif that holds the paintings together and an immediate barrier within the painting. Using imagery that is derived from a type of tourist painting familiar to East African markets, and heavily referencing East African painters such as George Lilanga and E.S. Tinga Tinga, 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.

Michael Armitage
Michael Armitage
Nairobi, 1984
Kenya

Current Exhibitions

Prisoner of Love

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

26 Jan — 27 Oct
The collective exhibition “Prisoner of Love” revolves around life’s heights and depths, exploring the most intense emotions which characterise human experience. The exhibition focuses, in particular, on MCA’s...

Past Exhibitions

Michael Armitage: The Promised Land

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
21/02/2019 — 26/05/2019

Michael Armitage Solo Show

White Cube Hong Kong
18/01/2017 — 11/03/2017

Solo Shows

2019
MICHAEL ARMITAGE: THE PROMISED LAND, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
2017
STRANGE FRUIT, White Cube, Hong Kong

2015
MICHAEL ARMITAGE, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK
MICHAEL ARMITAGE, North Galleries, Bermondsey, Inside the White Cube

2013
MYTH AND MARKET’ (WITH JOHN TINEY), Studio 1:1, London

2008
‘ASCENSION’, Simon Oldfield, London

Group Shows

2018
MEMORY PALACE, White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, UK

2016
IMITATION OF LIFE: MELODRAMA AND RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, HOME, Manchester, UK

2015
MICHAEL ARMITAGE, PAUL KNEALE & TABOR ROBAK, ARTUNER, Turin, Italy
PAINTING IS NOT DOOMED TO REPEAT ITSELF, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
LA VIE MODERNE, The 13th Lyon Biennale- curated by Ralph Rugoff
2014
‘TOMORROW : LONDON’, South London Gallery, London
100 PAINTERS OF TOMORROW, Beers Contemporary, London

2013
‘CONNECTING WORLDS’, UBM, London

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Nairobi Country of birth: Kenya Date of birth: 1984 Lives in: London, UK