Evening sunlight covers the dense hills of Los Angeles in an ethereal glow in Seth Armstrong’s paintings

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April 29, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Green” (2021), oil on wood panel, 66 x 66 inch

Los Angeles-based artist Seth Armstrong (formerly) is drawn to saturated palettes of green and blue to depict the steep, hilly landscapes of his hometown. Evening sunsets bathe the staggered houses, trees and sloping streets in a warm glow, adding a touch of magic to the densely populated neighborhoods. The oil-based works balance light with shadow and hyper-realism with more ethereal detail, though similar in composition and subject matter, they rarely follow the same process, Armstrong notes. “Sometimes I rely heavily on a drawing to compose a painting, and sometimes I jump right into the wet stuff,” he tells Colossal. “I haven’t decided yet if I prefer a thin and full underpaint, or if I just want to do it straight up.”

Armstrong has paintings scheduled for a few upcoming shows, including with Asia Art Center at Jing Art in Beijing in May and this winter at the Miniature Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Amsterdam. He is also working on some assignments and new works, and you can follow his progress on Instagram.

“Lemon Yellow” (2021), oil on wood panel, 60 x 48 inches

“Electric Avenue” (2021), oil on wood panel, 48 x 36 inches

“Pastel Is Punk” (2022), oil on wood panel, 36 x 24 inches

“Braintree” (2021), oil on wood panel, 48 x 60 inch

“Mt. Angelus” (2021), oil on wood panel, 40 x 40 inch

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