Landscape paintings


spinney     Hilltop Trees






allotment painting



South Downs Way


Devil’s Dyke
Chalk Pit


Newtimber Hill


Fresh fields
around newtimber
Near Glynde


Perching Hill
Poynings Church


Annington Hill
near Glynde
South Downs


moonlight at Washington
Moonlight at Washington



field at Rackham
Slonk Hill


Flooded fields


Walker in Autumn
The Walker


Trees at Ammerdown




The Downs

Coast and seascapes

Rocky Groyne


Spanish Headland

Caister beach

Canister Beach

harbour 2
Outfall Pipes
Beach and Groyne


horizontal bands, white moon
White Sun
Towards Tiberius
Towards Tiberius








In June 2019 John showed two paintings on the theme of the Holy Spirit at Worcester Cathedral, together with members of Christian Arts.

Saturday 18th May 2019 – Open Day at St George’s Church, Court Farm Road, Hove, 10am – 1pm.

This is an opportunity to see the 22 paintings that John has painted on Biblical themes for St George’s Church. John will be there to talk about his work, together with Balavendra Elias who will be talking about his 23 carvings in elm and yew wood, including large works carved from a whole tree trunk.

All these works are featured in the book published to record the artworks, entitled “Paintings and Sculptures at St George’s Church, Hangleton”, and published by Ivory Publications.

John is currently showing work at the Naked Eye Gallery, Western Road Brighton,

and with the Anglo-French group Changez d’Art, made up of artists from Normamdie and Sussex, at the Crypt Gallery in Seaford until 9th may 2019.

During April 2019 John will be also showing work with the Society of Sussex Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers at the Grange Gallery Rottingdean, and with the Brighton and Hove Arts Council exhibition at the Friends meeting House Brighton, in the Lanes.

The SSP exhibition will run from 2 – 29 April, with a Private View on Wednesday 3rd April from 5.30 – 7.30pm.

The BHAC exhibition runs from 10-13 April, with a Private View on Wednesday 10th from 5.30 – 7.30pm.

John has four landscape paintings now on show at the Naked Eye Gallery, 31a Western Road, Hove BN3 2JQ.

The gallery is in the basement, and there is a good cafe on the second floor.


John took part in a cross channel exhibition in October at Bourgtheroulde Normandy with Changez d’Art, a group based in Normandy. Next year Changez d’Art will presenting a large international exhibition at the Casino in Rouen in September 2019.



2018 John had abstract and landscapes on show with the Society of Sussex Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers at Skyway Gallery, Shoreham by sea from 2-22 September 2018.

2017   Latest exhibitions –

John will be showing large works with the Society of Sussex Painters at the SKYWAY Gallery in Shoreham

4- 23 September 2017, Private View Monday 4th September, 6 – 8pm.

All welcome!


Open day at St George’s Church Hove, East Sussex, Sunday 15 May 2016, from 1 – 5pm was a great success.

This unique church contains over 20 paintings by John Armstrong, and 20 carvings by Balavendra Elias, three examples of her ceramic work by Romola Jane, and the Dalle de Verre east window made by the monks of Buckfast Abbey, Devon.

John was at the church to answer questions about his paintings, together with woodcarver Balavendra Elias who was talking about his carvings. Visitors to the church all agreed that this should become a regular event.

2016   John currently has work on show in the Rendezvous cafe, Duke Street, Brighton, until September 2016.

2016  John showed landscapes and religious work at the Brighton and Hove Arts Council exhibition at Friends Meeting House Brighton, 20-24 April 2016.

2016  John also showed work with the Society of Sussex Painters at the Studio Gallery Worthing Museum and Art gallery, 9 -24 April 2016.

2015  John showed work with the Society of Sussex Painters’ exhibition at the Hawth, Crawley, West Sussex, December 2015-January 2016.

2015  John showed abstract and landscapes at the Society of Sussex Painters’ exhibition at the Grange Gallery Rottingdean Brighton, September 2015.

2014  John showed work in a group exhibition with the Society of Sussex Painters, at the Laughing Dog Gallery at Brighton Marina from 17th – 31st October 2014.

2014  John had an abstract painting entitled Nativity 1 in the Christian Arts exhibition “One Equall Light” based on the sacred poems and sermons of John Donne. The exhibition was at two venues in London, St James Church Piccadilly, and St Giles Church Cripplegate. John’s work was in St James church, and was on show from 2 – 20th July 2014..









2014  John has also had five landscape paintings on show in a group exhibition in Worthing, Sussex, presented by the Society of Sussex Painters. The exhibition ran from 12 – 26 July 2014.

New book about John’s paintings

IVORY PUBLICATIONS has brought out a book about the paintings and sculptures in St George’s Church, Hangleton, Hove. This book shows 54 photographs of the paintings by John Armstrong and the woodcarvings by Balavendra Elias, together with two ceramic sculptures by Romola Jane and a dalle de verre window by the monks of Buckfast Abbey. The book includes a foreword by the Right Reverend Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Copies of this book may be purchased by contacting Helen Armstrong at

2013  WORTHING OPEN EXHIBITION, John is showing a landscape painting, “Egghill” at the Worthing Open exhibition at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, from 10th August to 16th November 2013.

2013 Hove Kitchen, Western Road Hove JOINT EXHIBITION called Gabriel/Gibril with ABDOULIE CONTEH

2012  LLITTLEHAMPTON “HARVEST” EXHIBITION John is showing three paintings at Littlehampton Museum’s Autumn exhibition. The exhibition runs from Saturday 14th September to Friday 1st November.


John and Helen are currently showing works in an exhibition at Wells Cathedral, Somerset, organised by Christian Arts. The exhibition runs from Saturday 8 – Friday 21st September 2012. More information about the Wells exhibition can be found on the Christian Arts website

2012  Society of Sussex Painters at Grange Gallery Rottingdean Brighton

John  showed work at the  exhibition by the Society of Sussex Painters at Rottingdean from 18th October – 6th November 2012.

2012  Society of Sussex Painters at Littlehampton February 2012

John showed paintings in a group exhibition with the Society of Sussex Painters at Littlehampton.

The venue was Littlehampton Museum, Manor House, Church Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5EW. Opening times – Monday-Friday, 9am – 4.30pm; Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm. Admission free.

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2012  Paintings by John Armstrong

17th November 2011 – 3rd January 2012

Pelham House, St Andrews Lane, 
Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UW
T. 01273 488600

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Art for Nature

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Exhibition of paintings by John Armstrong and Abdoulie Conteh on the theme of Creation
21-28 August 2010, 11-6pm.








Understanding in Peace

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Exhibition of paintings by John Armstrong and Abdoulie Conteh on the theme of Mary/Mariam
6-18 July 2009, 12-6pm

To be opened by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Ann Norman, on Saturday 11 July 2009 at 3pm.







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John showed landscapes at the Arts Hut Gallery, Hurstmonceux in 2008.


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SSP Exhibition at Rottingdean

SSP exhibition at the Grange Gallery Rottingdean.
28 March – 18 April, open 10-4pm daily, closed Wednesdays, 2-4pm Sundays. Society of Sussex Painters exhibition, Grange Gallery Rottingdean, 29 March – 18 April 2006.

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Peace, Love and Harmony exhibition

PLH - mayor, Abdoulie, mayoress,John     Grange Gallery Rottingdean, 15-28 March 2006.

Picture left shows Mayor and Mayoress Bob and Mirle Carden with Abdoulie Conteh and John Armstrong in front of the two paintings the artists worked on together on the

theme of War and Peace.






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Abdoulie Conteh and John Armstrong – (L to R) War’ and ‘Peace’ paintings

Religious paintings

europe copy
Our Lady and Patron Saints protecting Europe – this painting shows Our Lady spreading her cloak protectively over the map of Europe, surrounded by St Methodius, St Benedict, St Teresa Benedicta, St Bridget, St Catherine of Siena, St Cyril and also Robert Schumann.
reredos 5
Bath reredos –
reredos 2
Bath reredos – St Alphege and St Dunstan
reredos 3
Bath reredos St John Bosco with St Dominic Savio, and St John Vianney
reredos 4
Bath reredos – St Margaret Clitheroe and St Vincent de Paul


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The Dream of the Rood, painting based on Anglo Saxon poem,                                                               now at Chemin Neuf Community, Storrington West Sussex

horsham altar

Altarpiece in Martyrs’ Chapel, St John the Evangelist Church Horsham West Sussex.                  St Thomas Garnett, St Philip Howard, St Robert Southwell, these are three saints with connections to Sussex.

Bath reredos2

Reredos showing eight saints, St Mary’s Church, Julian Road, Bath.                                            St Dunstan, St Alphege, St John Bosco with Dominic Savio, St John Vianney,                           St Margaret Clitheroe, St Vincent de Paul, Blessed Richard Whiting and Blessed John Thorne.


egypt copy          Rest on the Return from Egypt, painting in St George’s Church Hove, Sussex.


The Raising of Lazarus, painting in St George’s Church Hove East Sussex

About the artist

John Armstrong NDD ATC, born September 1937, trained as a painter and teacher at art schools in Swindon, Walthamstow and Brighton. Taught art and crafts in schools, worked in museums in Hove and Lewes, and at the Exhibitions Unit, University of Brighton Gallery. John is married to fellow artist Helen Armstrong and they have three sons and two daughters.




1958 New English Art Club, London
1975 One Man Exhibition, Hove Museum of Art
1979 Museum of Modern Religious Art, Ostend, Belgium
1980 Liverpool Cathedral Congress
1980 Bristol Cathedral
1981 Chichester Centre of Arts Festival
1981 One Man Exhibition, Hove Museum of Art
1982 and 1998 Westminster Cathedral
1983 and 1984 Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions
1984 Arundel Festival, and Brighton Polytechnic
1985 Holy Trinity Church, Bath, and Crediton
1985 ‘Religious Spirit in Contemporary Art’, Westminster Cathedral
1996 One Man Exhibition, The Grange, Rottingdean, Brighton
1998 Galerie La Papessa, Vienna
1999 One Man Exhibition, St Raphael Gallery, Piccadilly, London
2001 Dudelange Museum, Luxembourg
2002 ‘Creation’, Ditchling Museum, Sussex
Brighton Festival Group shows annually since 1986 and Open Studios
Annual group shows with Society of Sussex Painters in Worthing, Eastbourne, etc.
2004, 2005 St Raphael Gallery, Piccadilly, London
Jul 2006 Westminster Cathedral, London, “Christ Among Us” exhibition
Dec 2006 – Jan 2007 Landscapes, SW1 Gallery, London
Apr–Jun 2007 Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol, “Christ Among Us” exhibition
Mar 2006 Joint exhibitions with Abdoulie Conteh, Grange Gallery Brighton
Nov 2006 St Lukes Studio Portslade
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London 
2007 SSP group exhibition, Thebes Gallery Lewes
2008 Landscapes, Art Hut, Hurstmonceux, Sussex
Sep 2008 SW1 Gallery, London
Jul 2009 St Lukes Studio, Portslade

Work in churches includes Great Altar Crucifix at St Peters parish church, Brighton; Great Hanging Crucifix at St Boniface Tooting, London; a cycle of sixteen paintings at St Georges, Hove; and an eight figure Reredos at St Marys, Bath.

Contributed landscape illustrations to two “How to Paint” books by Gerald Woods; written articles for national design magazines; member of local, national and international art societies. Prizewinner of Laing competitions at the Mall Galleries, London, 1982, 2000.

A painting, ‘Hove Beach’, commissioned as Hove’s wedding present to Prince Charles, is now in the Royal Collection at Highgrove. Paintings are also in private collections in England, Belgium, Singapore, Australia, at Hove Museum of Art, the collections of East Sussex County Council and Nuffield Foundation, London.