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The Typewriter Was His Paintbrush


Oct 3, 2023

The Typewriter Artistry of Keith Armstrong: A Tale of Triumph and Resilience

In the hushed corners of a quaint art gallery, an extraordinary story of creativity, determination, and human spirit unfolds. The world, it seems, is yet to truly appreciate the remarkable typewriter artistry of Keith Armstrong. A poignant tale of triumph over adversity, Armstrong’s unique journey is brought to life through the clattering keys of a manual typewriter, an instrument of expression that defied his physical limitations.

Keith Armstrong, born in 1950, was not just an artist. He was a symbol of unwavering tenacity. Suffering from polio, he found himself confined to a wheelchair, with limited use of his arms and hands. Despite these formidable challenges, Keith embarked on an artistic odyssey that defied expectations and redefined what was possible.

His canvas? The humble typewriter. Armed with nothing but a vision and an indomitable spirit, Keith produced a breathtaking collection of conceptual art that transcended the boundaries of disability. His manual typewriter became his instrument of choice, each keypress a testament to his dedication to the craft.

Not only was Keith Armstrong a pioneering artist, but he also emerged as a formidable advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in the United Kingdom. His legacy, a testament to his fierce determination, continues to inspire and resonate with those who encounter his work.

Tom Gill, a dear childhood friend of Keith, undertook the noble mission of preserving and sharing this artistic legacy with the world. He poured his heart into publishing a book titled “RUHUMAN,” posing a profound question: “are you human?” It’s a question that reverberates through the gallery, challenging visitors to contemplate the very essence of humanity.

Yet, despite the profound significance of Keith’s typewriter art and the countless hours of labor put into this exhibition, it languished in the shadows, overlooked by the masses. A mere dozen souls wandered through the gallery, their indifference casting a pall over the immense effort that both Tom and the gallery staff had invested.

Tom’s heartfelt plea is worth heeding: “It’s getting embarrassing. Please come.” The gallery, a haven of artistry and expression, was bleeding not only kindness but also financial resources. Tom himself was on the precipice of financial strain.

Beyond the economic concerns, there’s an even more profound sense of loss. Keith Armstrong was more than an artist; he was a captivating individual, a beacon of inspiration. His typewriter art is a window into the soul of a man who defied adversity and created beauty from it. To let his art go unnoticed would be a tragedy.

So, in the spirit of Keith’s indomitable will, we invite you, dear reader, to join us in celebrating his legacy. Share his story, visit the exhibition, and immerse yourself in the world of typewriter art.

Keith’s homepage (https://keithtype.com)

and the gallery’s homepage (http://www.tokyomyoangallery.com/

await your exploration.

Mark your calendars for the viewing party on Saturday, October 7, from 5-7 pm, and the presence of Tom himself at the gallery on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 2-7 pm, as well as on Sunday from 2-5 pm.

Tom, stepping into Keith’s shoes, stands ready to share the story of Keith, typewriter art, concrete poetry, and so much more.

In these moments of indifference, let us be the collective voice that resonates Keith’s artistry with the world. His typewriter, his voice, may have fallen silent, but together, we can ensure that his message reverberates through the ages. Let the world see that Keith Armstrong was not just an artist; he was a testament to the unyielding spirit of the human soul.

As Tom extends an invitation to join him once again, let us also extend our hands in support of this remarkable exhibition and the enduring legacy of Keith Armstrong.


Managing editors of the blog.

4 thoughts on “The Typewriter Was His Paintbrush”
  1. What a powerful story of Keith Armstrong’s typewriter artistry and determination. It’s unfortunate that this exhibition has gone unnoticed. Let’s rally together to celebrate Keith’s legacy and ensure his message reaches the world. I’ll be there for the viewing party and encourage others to join. Keith’s art deserves recognition and appreciation. Thank you for sharing this inspiring journey.

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