William Armstrong (American artist)

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William Armstrong
William at work.jpg
William Armstrong at work in his Savannah, Georgia studio
Born (1938-05-08) May 8, 1938 (age 79)
Newark, New Jersey,
United States
Nationality American
Known for Painting
Notable work White Swan, Sanctuary In Winter, Cockspur Lighthouse
Movement Abstract Expressionism, Figurative
(2009). William Armstrong Art Gallery and Studio, Savannah, Georgia. This image illustrates William Armstrong's current work with mixed media on Fabriano.
(2008). William Armstrong Art Gallery and Studio, Savannah, Georgia. 2008 White Swan, 48x60 Oil.
(2009). William Armstrong Art Gallery and Studio, Savannah, Georgia. An example of a Mixed Media "scenic painting" technique. 2009, 24x36

William Armstrong (born May 8, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey, United States) is an American artist who works primarily in painting and sculpting. He is represented by the William Armstrong Art Gallery and Studio, the Reynolds Square Fine Art Gallery [1] located in Savannah, Georgia, and World Wide Arts Resources [2].

Life and work[edit]

William Armstrong started out at 14 painting signs for butcher shops, in Newark. Armstrong studied at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts. He went on to become one of the world's leading scenic artists, creating dozens of major movie sets.[1]

An accomplished artist, painter, sculptor and craftsman, Armstrong has worked with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee and Woody Allen. Among Armstrong’s ornate movie sets featured in Architectural Digest have been Meet Joe Black and The Legend of Bagger Vance, the project that brought the painter to Savannah, Georgia which he and his wife Monique now call home.

Armstrong typically works from pen and ink drawings and pencil sketches, carefully observing the landscape and people around him. He also creates watercolors on location, en plein air.


Armstrong is best known for his low-country landscapes, figurative painting and cutting-edge scenic work. [3]

Appearance in popular culture[edit]

William Armstrong's work has been featured in films like Meet Joe Black, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and The Preacher's Wife among other major films. His work was also central to the look and feel of legendary Studio 54. Of Armstrong's earlier work, most memorable is the famous Moon Man with spoon that swung back and forth over the dance floor.

A full list of Movies with on screen credit includes:

Big Night (Scenics) Bringing Out the Dead (On-set Scenic) Carlito's Way (Scenic Artist) Meet Joe Black (Stand by Scenic) Scent of a Women (Stand by Scenic) Sunshine State (Scenic Foreman) The Legend of Baggar Vance (Lead Scenic) The Preacher's Wife (Stand by Scenic)


  1. ^ American Art Collector,Published by Vincent W. Miller, 2009. ISSN 1547-7088
  2. ^ Finkel, Jori. ARTIST DOSSIER: William Armstrong. May 2009, Art+Auction.
  3. ^ International Movie Database