Bill Armstrong, Infinitiy series

Bill Armstrong

United States 1952


Bill Armstrong
Bill Armstrong
United States
December 9, 2015
Aya received her MA in English Language and Literature in 2012. She likes dancing, traveling, cycling and spending time with her pets.

Bill Armstrong is a fine art photographer, best known for his blurred color photographs, extremely out of focus. He has been shooting in color for over thirty years.

Bill Armstrong – The Film Noir series

Bill Armstrong - no. 1408, 2011 - no. 1414, 2011
Bill Armstrong – no. 1408, 2011 / no. 1414, 2011

Bill Armstrong got his BA in History of Art with magna cum laude from Boston University in 1979 and his MBA from Boston University in 1987. Since 2001, he is a Photography Instructor at Faculty, International Center for Photography in New York, and since 2003 he is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at School of Visual Arts in New York. Armstrong subjects images to various methods of manipulations – cutting, painting, photocopying, so he can transform them and give them completely original meaning. This productive confusion is used to create a form of narrative complexity where neither exposition nor explanation is ever directly provided to the viewer.

Bill Armstrong – The Mandalas series

Bill Armstrong - no. 470, 2005 - no. 463, 2007
Bill Armstrong – no. 470, 2005 – no. 463, 2007

Like all artists who have singular style, the challenge is to keep his work enough original to be able to grab new attention, while at the same time maintain a sort of connection with the previous work. The Armstrong’s ultimate goal is a creation of a parallel world, spirit double of our own everyday reality. Loneliness, alienation, existentialist dilemma, transcendence, joy, freedom and personal doom are some of the themes explored. Inspired by these themes, Bill Armstrong’s work is destined to intrigue the viewers, without fully explaining them what they are seeing, and instead invoking some deep, subconscious emotions.

Bill Armstrong – The Apparition series

Bill Armstrong - no. 901, 2005 - no. 904, 2005 - no. 913, 2005
Bill Armstrong – no. 901, 2005 / no. 904, 2005 / no. 913, 2005

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Bill Armstrong lives and works in New York.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibiton TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Buddha & MandalaHouston Center for Photography, Houston, TXSolo
2014Infinity: Photographs by Bill ArmstrongFORMA Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, MilanSolo
2014Gallery Artists ExhibitionHackelbury Fine Art, LondonGroup
2014The Noir EffectSkirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Performance: Contemporary Photography from the Douglas Nielsen CollectionCenter for Creative Photography, TucsonGroup
2014Faculty ExhibitionSchool of Visual Arts, New York, NYGroup
2014Winter Group ExhibitionSara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NYGroup
2013Buddha & MandalaRobischon Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2013Buddha & MandalaSara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NYSolo
2013Film NoirClampArt, New York, NYSolo
2013Faculty Exhibition: Stories in the Social LandscapeInternational Center of Photography, New York, NYGroup
2013The Edge of VisionLouisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LAGroup
2013The Christopher Hyland CollectionUniversity of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, ORGroup
2012MandalaFotoFest: Parkerson Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2012In Focus: Recent Acquisitions in PhotographyNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CTGroup
2012The Art of PhotographySan Diego Art InstituteGroup
2012EquivalentsPhoto Center NW, Seattle WAGroup
2012By Way of These Eyes: The Christopher Hyland CollectionAmerican Museum in Britain, Bath, UKGroup
2012The Edge of VisionClay Center for the Arts, Charleston, WVGroup
2012Works on PaperHackelbury Fine Art, London, UKGroup
2012The Edge of VisionLewis and Clark College, Portland, ORGroup
2011Bill ArmstrongCape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MASolo
2011RenaissanceRobischon Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2011ChromozonesCornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FLSolo
2011The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt CollectionGeorge Eastman House, Rochester, NYGroup
2011New Yorker Fiction/Real PhotographyStephen Kasher Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011Full CircleSara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NYGroup
2011Altered StatesFoley Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011The Edge of VisionCornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FLGroup
2011Photo 50London Art Fair, London, UKGroup
2010Photographs From the Infinity SeriesSoutheast Museum of Photography, Daytona BeachSolo
2010RenaissanceDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Bill Armstrong RenaissanceHackelbury Fine Art, London, UKSolo
2010The Unseen Eye: Photography from the Collection of W.M. HuntAppleton Museum, Silver Springs, FLGroup
2010Aperture PresentsBoutique Montblanc, ParisGroup
2010The Edge of VisionCenter for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZGroup
2010The Collector’s Eye: Collection of Fernando CastroFotoFest Houston, TXGroup
2010The Christopher Hyland CollectionCape Cod Museum of ArtGroup
2010The Photographers NetworkThomas Kellner Studio, Siegen, GermanyGroup
2010New AcquisitionsVictoria and Albert Museum, LondonGroup
2010It’s All a BlurShore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJGroup
2009RenaissanceGallery Kayafas, Boston, MASolo
2009The Scene and the Dream of PhotographsForma Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, MilanGroup
2009Photography NowHackelbury Fine Art, London, UKGroup
2009New AcquisitionsNew Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CTGroup
2009The Edge of VisionMois de la Photo, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2009Edge of VisionPingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, ChinaGroup
2009The Christopher Hyland CollectionNew Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CTGroup
2009The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in PhotographyAperture Foundation, NY, NYGroup
2009Contact SheetSchool of Visual Arts, NY, NYGroup
2009PairsAmbient Art Projects, Las Vegas, NevadaGroup
2008Photo Mandalas: Bill Armstrong and Milan Fano BlatnyPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PASolo
2008RenaissanceClampArt, New York, NYSolo
2008Faculty ExhibitionSchool of Visual Arts, NY, NYGroup
2007RenaissanceRobischon Gallery, Denver, CO,Solo
2007ApparitionSilver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PASolo
2007Spirit: From Darkness to LightDeSantos Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2007Faculty Exhibition: About ThisInternational Center of Photography, NY, NYGroup
2007Faccia a Faccia, Il nuovo ritratto contemporaneoForma Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007Oog-Eye: Photographs from Collection Dancing BearFotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2006Blue SphereRobischon Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2006ApparitionParkerson Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2006Photographs From the Infinity SeriesScott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CASolo
2006Faculty ExhibitionInternational Center of Photography, NY, NYGroup
2006Figure in the LandscapeHouston Community College Central Fine Art GalleryGroup
2006On the EdgeCenter for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, COGroup
2006No Eyes: the Dancing Bear Collection of W. M. HuntMusee De l'Elysee, Lausanne, SwitzerlandGroup
2005ApparitionClampArt, New York, NYSolo
2005SpiritGallery Kayafas, Boston, MASolo
2005Photo NationalLancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PAGroup
2005Sans regardes, or no eyes: looking at collection Dancing BearRecontres D’Arles, Arles, FranceGroup
2004SpiritClampArt, New York, NYSolo
2004Luminous Forms: Abstractions in Color PhotographyDeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MAGroup
2004I want to take you higherMcKenzie Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2004ColorscapesCooper Classics CollectionGroup
2004Fresh WorksSoutheast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FLGroup
2004About FaceHayward Gallery, London, UKGroup
200478th Annual CompetitionThe Print Center, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2004Je t’envisageMusee De l'Elysee, Lausanne, SwitzerlandGroup
2004Grand Opening ExhibitionScott White Contemporary Art, Telluride, COGroup
2003Recent PhotographsSara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NYSolo
2003MandalaGriffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MASolo
2003MandalaJoel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, ColoradoSolo
2003Fear of FlyingSara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NYGroup
2003Photographs by Seven Contemporary ArtistsJim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2003Photography 2003Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock NYGroup
2003Concerning the Spiritual in PhotographyPhotographic Resource Center at Boston UniversityGroup
2002The House of LightInternational Center of Photography, New York, NYGroup
2002Gallery Artists ExhibitionAmerican Space Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2002New Art '02Kingston Gallery, Boston MAGroup
2002Faculty ExhibitionInternational Center of Photography, New York, NYGroup
2001Photographs From the Infinity SeriesAn American Space Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2001Contemporary Photography for the New MilleniumFulton Street Gallery, Troy, NYGroup
2001Deceit of the IntellectBenham Studio Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2000Recent PhotographsMcCann-Erikson Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2000Mostra De Portfolios 2000Casa da Fotografia Fuji, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2000Material Revelations: Variations on CollageFuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MAGroup
2000Gallery Artists ShowJoel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, ColoradoGroup
1999Recent PhotographsRoy Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NYSolo
1997Accidental PortraitsInternational Center of Photography Education Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1997Recent PhotographsUma Gallery, New York, NYSolo