British sculptur born in Leeds. Studied at Leeds College of Art (1934-37) and at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1937-39). In 1946-56 became Head of Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. In 1956, he was awarded the first prize in the International War Memorial Competition in Krefeld, Germany, and in the 1958 Venice Biennale he won the David E. Bright Foundation Award. From the early 1950s exhibitions of his work could be seen in the United States, Europe, Japan and South America, with group exhibitions ranging even wider. Three retrospective exhibitions held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1959), Artcurial, Paris (1985) and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (1996-97) have summarised Armitage's achievement and his passions for the human form and human condition, movement and trees. His inclination as an artist has always been towards abstraction and simplification of form, with bronze a preferred medium.