Introducing the Artist

Gary Armer is a Lancashire based artist recognised for his accurate representational painting style and ability to capture intricate fine detail.

Working across portraiture, landscape and still life, the majority of Gary’s works are realist fine art oil paintings on canvas created entirely from life or from a combination of studies and photographs taken during live sittings or situations.

His latest project is entitled Football is Still Life, where he explores the narratives and themes associated with football memorabilia and fan culture through realist still life paintings.

Gary has also recently collaborated with Farm Yard Ales on a project to create a painting for the new Blackpool F.C. inspired Seasiders Way lager ale hybrid.

Other recent bodies of work include Lancashire Plein Air which features scenes of rural Lancashire painted from life and Identity, a series of three portraits that explore themes of masculinity.

In 2017 the artist’s portrait Not a Penny More was selected for the 21st National Open Art Exhibition and displayed in London. The portrait also went on to be voted into the top 10 of the MS Amlin World Art Vote.

In 2018 Gary completed a residency at the National Football Museum, painting a still life made up of Sir Stanley Matthews related objects from the museum’s collection.

Not a Penny More was then displayed at the National Football Museum in Manchester as part of the Football Is Art exhibition throughout the majority of 2019.


Gary is interested in collaborating on projects with businesses and brands, especially where there is an opportunity to engage people in art. If you have an idea for a project that you would like to discuss with the artist then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


As well as completing commissions the artist also paints landscapes, places and still life paintings. Please bear in mind that Gary accepts commissions alongside his other art projects and sometimes there may be a waiting list. Clients are served on a first come first served basis but the artist will always strive to meet any special requirements. To find out more about the artist’s commission process and to view a current price guide please see the commission page.


The artist works from his private studio in the Lancashire countryside. He is based close to the market town of Poulton, in between Blackpool and Preston.

The artist welcomes clients to his studio by prior appointment and has painted for clients locally in Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire to name just a few locations.

Alternatively the artist will travel to a client’s home or place of work in order to complete a commission and is happy to travel both across the UK and internationally. The artist can paint from photographs when a live sitting is not possible, such as posthumous portraits or paintings as a surprise gift.


The painter names Herbert James Gunn, John Singer Sargent, George Romney and Henry Raeburn as inspirational artists. You can read more about the works that inspire him in the inspiration and news sections.

Recent Exhibitions & Residencies

2019    Exhibited in Football Is Art at the National Football Museum, Manchester

2019    Exhibited in the Open 2019 at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

2018    Artist in Residence at the National Football Museum, Manchester

2018    Exhibited in the Open 2018 at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

2017    Ranked in the Top 10 of the MS Amlin World Art Vote

2017    Selected for the 21st National Open Art Exhibition, London

Gary Armer Realist Artist
Gary Armer Artist
Artist Mixing Paint on Palette

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    “The National Football Museum worked with Gary in October 2018. Gary’s proposal to portray football-related objects in a still life painting was a brilliant idea, and a great fit for our Heritage Lottery Fund supported project ‘The Art of Football’…

    “Seeing the still life painting take shape over the week was fascinating, and the finished piece was very impressive.”

    Emma Hadley, National Football Museum

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