He studied design and the history of architecture at the Royal West of England College of Art in Bristol, then for five years (1935-40) worked in the Art Department of Ealing Studios [See Buckman]. Armfield moved to Cornwall in 1942, taking up painting as a full time professional career in 1945.
A Quaker pacifist, he turned to Symbolism during the war years. His cousin was Maxfield Armfield, the painter and writer, and from him he developed the tempera technique, producing a manual on the subject in due course. For 20 years he worked in a studio in Looe, South Cornwall, opening a Gallery in 1965. Later he moved to Plymouth, Devon.
Painter using tempera; author
works and access
Works include: Vortex (presented to the United Nations Organisation in 1961); Anti-Invasion Obstructions (in Imperial War Museum)
RWS; RI; NSA; STISA
East Cornwall Society of Artists
The Plymouth Society of Artists
The Studio, The Quay, Looe
James Colman Fine Art Retrospective 1999, and Memorial Exhibition 2000
misc further info
Armfield Tempera Painting
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of British Artists since 1945