LINES ON PAPER Artist Bio - Robert Armstrong

Robert Armstrong is a well known comic book artist who has been doing his brand of cutting edge lowbrow illustration for decades. He is best known for his zany character Mickey Rat and is also co-founder of The Couch Potatoes.

BORN: Pasadena, California, 1950

EDUCATION:
Graduated Pasadena High School, 1968
Attended Pasadena City College, 1969-1971
Course work at Chounard's Art Institute, 1967-1969

TEACHING:
U.C. Davis, Guest Instructor, painting and drawing
demonstrations,
1994-1996
Sierra Community College, Rocklin, CA. Cartooning workshop.
October-November, 1991.
Davis Art Center, Davis, CA. Cartooning and drawing classes for
various age levels. 1976 to present.

BOOKS ILLUSTRATED:
A Frog's Tale - Words and Muse Productions, 1990.
The Couch Potato Cookbook - Warner Books, 1988.
The Couch Potato Guide to Life - Avon Books, 1984.
The Official Couch Potato Handbook - Capra Press, 1983.
Pitching In - Jalmar Press, 1980.
Exploring Farmer Cooperatives - Agricultural Council of California, 1997.
Tending Your Money Garden - Rossonya Books, 1998.
COMIC BOOKS WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED:
Mickey Rat #1 (1972) Mickey Rat #2 (1972)
Mickey Rat #3 (1980) Mickey Rat #4 (1982)

COMIC BOOK ANTHOLOGIES CONTRIBUTED TO:
"Verre d'Eau" - International issue of Weirdo, Last Gasp, 1993.
"The New American Splendor Anthology," Four Walls, Eight Windows, 1991.
"Flag" (French), 1991.
"Best Comics of the Decade, Vol. 1" - Fantagraphics, 1991.
"Weirdo" #3, #4, #22 - Last Gasp, 1982 & 1988.
"Lemme Outta Here" - Print Mint, 1978.
"Mondo Snarfo" - Kitchen Sink Publishing, 1978.
"Arcade Comics" - #1-7, Print Mint, 1975-76.
"Comix Book" - Marvel Comics Group, 1975-76.
"Surprise" (French), 1976.
"Le Petit Mickey Qui N'a Pa Peur Des Gros" (French), 1975.
"El Perfecto" - Print Mint, 1973.
"Yellow Dog Comics" - Print Mint, 1972.
"L.A. Comics" - 1971.

SELECTED ILLUSTRATION WORK:

Yazoo Record Co. - graphic design and illustration for album covers, ads and catalogs, plus redord production and writing, 1974-2000.
Collings Guitar Company - Illustration and design work for custom stenciled guitars, 2000.
Martin Guitar Company - Paintings used for limited edition guitar tops, 1999-2000.
"Fiddler" - magazine illustration, 1997.
"Sacramento News and Review" - cover illustrations, 1994-95
"Heavy Metal" - magazine comic page, story and illustration, 1994
Sony/CBS Records - Illustration for C.D. and tape packaging, 1991.
Fish Tail Records - design and illustration for tape and C.D. packaging, 1990-1993.
"The Golden Road" - magazine cover, 1990.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District - illustrations for public service publications & magazine, 1994-96
"Comstocks" - magazine illustration, 1993 to present
"Pulse!" - magazine illustration and writing of feature articles, 1993 to present
Hewlett-Packard - illustrations for advertisements and promotional pieces, 1993
"The Golden Road" - magazine, 1989-90.
"Pox" - Swedish magazine, 1989.
"Sacramento Union" - newspaper illustation, 1989.
"Frets" - magazine illustration, 1988.
"Utne Reader" - magazine illustration, 1987-1988.
Rounder Record Co. - album cover design and illustration, 1987.
"Print" - magazine illustation, March/April, 1985.
"National Lampoon" - magazine story and illustation, 1984.
"High Times" - magazine comic page, story and illustation, 1986, 1978.
Kicking Mule Records - graphic design and illustation for album covers and catalogs, 1981-1983.
"Mandolin World News" - magazine illustation, 1980-1982.
Berkeley Public Schools, Asian Studies - visual aids and illustrations, 1981-82.
Harcourt, Brace, Janvanovich - textbook illustration, 1979.

EDITING, ILLUSTRATING & PUBLISHING:
"The Tuber's Voice: The Couch Potato Newsletter" #1-9, 1982-1987.

GALLERY SHOWS:
"Kittens 'n' Kads," group show, Marry Karnowsky Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 5, 1998 to Jan. 16, 1999
"Expo 98," Art of the Ukulele, group show, Fundacion Patagonista de markten,
Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 13-Oct. 18, 1998
"Serious Fun," Group Show, Gallery Oboy, San Francisco, CA, March 2-31, 1998
"The Isle of Misfit Artists," group show, The Ink People Gallery,
Eureka, CA, Feb. 2-28, 1998
"Post Modernismo Retro Introspective," one man show, Art Effects Gallery,
Woodland, CA, Mar. 1-31, 1996
"Orgy," Original Comic art exhibit, Cheval Blanc,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Dec. 9-30, 1995
"Holiday Pop Jamboree," Group Show of Underground Cartoonists, Bess Cutler Gallery,
New York, NY, Dec. 2-8, 1995
"What's Up Underground," Group Show of Underground Cartoonists, S.K. Josefsburg Studio, Portland, OR, Sept. 7-30, 1995
Group Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, April 8-30, 1995
"Sideshow-Thrills, Chills and Oddities of Art," Tamara Bane Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA, April 7-May 30, 1995
"Out of the Studio," Works by Davis Art Center Faculty Members, Davis Art Center,
Davis, CA, Feb. 24-March 24, 1994
"Free Art," Five Years of Sacramento News and Review Covers, Phantom Gallery,
Sacramento, CA, Sept. 1-30, 1994
"Kustom Grafix: FIne Art from the Underground," The Works Gallery,
Costa Mesa, CA, Sept. 25-Nov. 7, 1993
"Puttin' On the Dog: A Group Exhibition Celebrating Man's Best Friend," Archival Framing, Sacramento, CA, April 1-30, 1993.
" 'Bout Bicycles, An Art Exhibition," Institute for Design and Experimental Art,
Sacramento, CA, Jan. 9-30, 1993.
"Graf/X Part II: Fine Arts from the Underground," Bess Cutler Gallery,
NYC, NY, Jan. 8-Feb. 9, 1993
"New Works by Robert Armstrong." John Natsoulas Gallery,
Davis, CA, Dec. 7, 1991-Jan. 2, 1992.
"Recent Paintings by Robert Armstrong." Sierra College Library Gallery,
Oct. 4-Nov. 1, 1991.
"Illusions 1991, The Art of Illustration." The Sacramento Illustrator's Guild,
California Medical Bldg., Sacramento, April 24-29, 1991.
"Misfit Lit, Contemporary Comic Art." Center On Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA,
March 15-May 4, 1991.
"Hats, Ties, Socks," Design Gallery, Walker Hall, U.C. Davis, CA,
Oct. 1-Nov. 2, 1990.
"Artists; Studio Tour in Dixon," arranged by the Pence Gallery of Davis, CA,
Oct. 14, 1990.
"All Creatures Great and Small," Natsoulas, Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA,
Aug. 24-Sept. 30, 1990.
"Illusions In Design '90," Sacramento Illustrator's Guild, L.K. Enterprises Bldg.,
Sacramento, CA, June 21-30, 1990.
"Artists For Amnesty," Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA, May 4-6, 1990.
"Capitol a' la c'Arte," state Capitol Bldg., Sacramento, CA, Oct. 2-Nov. 2, 1989.
"Selections From the Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery," Sierra College Library Gallery,
Rocklin, CA, Oct. 10-Nov. 16, 1989.
"Drawing For Funk's Sake!" Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA,
Aug. 11-Sept. 30, 1989.
"Valley Cartoonists," Davis Art Center, Davis, CA, Feb. 5-29, 1988.


FILMS:
Composed and performed original soundtrack music for "Be My Gas," an animated film by Michael McMillan, 1977.
Composed and performed original soundtrack music and painted and inked animation cels for "Make Me Psychic," an animated film by Sally Curikshank, 1976.
Composed and performed original soundtrack music for "Quasi at the Quackadero," an animated film by Sally Cruikshank, 1974.
Played musical saw solo for opening and closing title theme music for
Milos Forman film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," 1975.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Juxtapose, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 1995 - "Robert Armstrong: MIckey Rat with a Paintbrush," 4-page feature story
Sacramento News and Review, September 28, 2000 - "Couch Potatoes and Cheap Suits Interview with Robert Armstrong" 2-page story

DISCOGRAPHY:
Sang and performed on accordion, acoustic steel guitar, musical saw and banjo-guitar on: "R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders No. 1", 1974
"R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders No. 2", 1976
"R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders No. 3", 1978Performed on acoustic steel guitar, musical saw, ukulele and banjo on: "Paradise Wobble" - Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys, 2000.

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