David Armes is an artist working with print, language and geography. His work is frequently site-specific and
considers how sense and experience of place can be represented, with source material including automatic
writing, anonymous conversations and oral history. He is interested in how we describe liminal spaces and in
what we know only in a particular place. Technically, he works primarily with letterpress and, through using a
mass production process, he is interested in where the multiple meets the unique. Ultimately, his work overlaps
the elemental rules of letterpress with influences from the worlds of art, craft, design and typography.
David Armes’ Red Plate Press studio is based on the disputed border between West Yorkshire and Lancashire.
From here he creates original work and commissions. He is often to be found travelling for residencies and has
spent many months in the USA in the past three years working alongside contemporary letterpress
practitioners, thanks to a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a grant from the
Arts Council/British Council Artists’ International Development Fund. He has recently shown work in the USA,
UK, Germany and Russia, and is currently shortlisted for the 2017 Flourish excellence in printmaking award.