Princes Bridge 2018


Registration number





Princes Bridge

Production date



oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

123 x 183 cm

Credit line

Donated by the artist to the
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection 2021
© Courtesy of the artist


Stephen Armstrong, Princes Bridge, 2018, Yarra, Arts Centre Melbourne


Melbourne-based artist Stephen Armstrong has a practice that encompasses painting and drawing, though it is painting he says that gives him greatest creative pleasure. His subject matter ranges over landscapes, still lifes and figures, but the land and city form the major component of his work. Armstrong claims his compositions are most influenced by Classical and Romantic traditions, the former bringing structure and order to his works, the latter investing them with a restlessness and energy. But the influence of post-impressionism can be also seen operating in some of his expressive and tactile works, figuratively depicting and making sense of the outer world but also gesturing at the inner life of the artist. In painting the world around him, Armstrong prefers to create works 'plein air', directly engaging with his environment rather than painting from reference material in a studio. This painting presents a colourful view from the banks of the Yarra River looking south over Princes Bridge towards Melbourne Arts Centre.