Born in Tasmania in 1943, Armitage studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where he lectured in life drawing and portraiture during his final year. In 1967 he moved to New Zealand with his wife Ronda and took up the post of Exhibitions Officer at Auckland City Art Gallery, curating national and international exhibitions. He has lived in the UK since 1974 where he has continued his art practice as well as illustrating many successful children’s books authored by Ronda. Armitage has enjoyed much success, garnering respect from fellow artists and critics, and has exhibited and sold work widely, including shows in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol, Auckland, New York and Montreal. Artist’s website: