Of Waves and Tools

The Art Scene
“Ivory, Zig Zag Rule No. 11” by Peter Kirkiles. Photo contributed

You can almost smell the tang of sea air and hear the lapping of waves in Chris Armstrong’s meticulously painted, luminous waterscapes on view at the Morrison Gallery in Kent.

Armstrong, who lives in Gloucester, MA, where the sea informs the town and its rhythms, is a keen observer of the ocean’s unpredictability and vastness. His seas change color — from gentle blues to darker, ominous blackish tones — under the changing light of morning, midday and twilight. The paintings seem in motion: calm or rolling, gentle or agitated, pacific or angry.

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