Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Dreams and Nightmares, 22 May – 15 July 2012;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 21 April – 28 June 2015;
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Century: 100 Modern British Artists, 23 October 2016 – 8 January 2017;
London, Mall Galleries, The Art of Collecting, 27 June – 6 July 2018;
London, The Sammy Ofer Centre, London Business School, Metropolis, 23 July 2018 and ongoing
Andrew Lambirth, John Armstrong The Paintings, London 2009 (illustrated, no. 233, p. 177)
A pair with Civil Aviation, this work was commissioned by the United Steel Companies Ltd for their advertisement series ‘The New Horizon’, of which this is no. 4 (steel) for Civil Engineering, used in the Architectural Review, June 1944, vol. 51. John Armstrong celebrates the skill of the civil engineer with a futuristic vision of a man-made urban landscape. This was painted during the war when civilian use of the car was extremely limited, many years before the congested arterial flyovers and motorways began being constructed.