“These two young guys are always doing cool things and drawing a big crowd. The reason we have this new gallery is because of them,” said Armstrong.
The new space did not come without headaches, however. It needed a lot of work, and he had to hire an electrician to run all new lights.
Those new lights will be shining down on many large-scale paintings by Armstrong. One of these will be an untitled work that was shown at the Tilton Gallery in New York. It is a collage of embellished child-like drawings interspersed with text. He’ll also be showing a painting, “Crown for Keith,” and a large bronze sculpture of the same image that took him all summer to create.
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“I grew up with Keith Rankin, and the painting and sculpture are based on a drawing we did together when we were young,” said Armstrong. “He is a musician and artist in Columbus. He’s one my favorite artists and has been very influential in my life.”
Armstrong is also showing four bronze fish sculptures. He’s working on creating 3D works from many of his paintings. Currently there is a wood, styrofoam, clay and resin mock-up of a giant tyrannosaurus skull in his studio that will eventually become a bronze sculpture weighing around 1,000 pounds.
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In addition to managing his new local gallery, Armstrong will still be showing his art nationally and internationally. Future exhibits include the Tilton Gallery in New York in May of 2018, and a show in Copenhagen next August. London and Beijing are among shows scheduled within the next couple of years.
“This new gallery is just for fun and it gives me something new to do in Ohio,” Armstrong said.
WANT TO GO?
What: Paintings/Sculpture by Zachary Armstrong
Where: Robert Louis Gallery, 506 Wayne Ave.
When: Nov. 18 to Dec. 20
Hours: 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18. Afterwards, appointment only