The Typewriter Art of Keith Armstrong

Edited by Barrie Tullett and Tom Gill


RUHUMAN (“Are you human”), is a monograph of Keith Armstrong’s typewriter art and visual poetry with essays by Tom Gill, Nicola Simpson, and Barrie Tullett. Published April 7, 2022 by Caseroom Press. Paperback 240x170mm; 172 pp. 134 full-page colour illustrations, 44 quarter-page illustrations. To purchase, see “Shop”.

This book is a comprehensive collection of typewriter art masterpieces by the late Keith Armstrong. It also includes some of his concrete poetry and three critical essays.

Praise for RUHUMAN:

“Barrie Tullett and Tom Gill’s masterful book on Keith Armstrong opens up a splendid oeuvre for a new generation of reader-viewers. Keith Armstrong’s brilliant inventiveness is an essential part of the concrete poetry movement and can now at long last be fully appreciated. This book will be essential reading for artists, designers and typographers.” — Jeremy Adler

With the twenty-first century resurgence of interest in typewriter art, the publication of RUHUMAN by Keith Armstrong is reason for celebration. The work is a joyous and loving homage to a man whose work engages with sound, pattern, colour, geometry, type and life. There’s peace and minimalism here. There’s also noise and clutter. It sates me and makes me hunger for more.”

                                                      — Amanda Earl

“Keith Armstrong was one of the more underrated exponents of the 1960/70s British poetry revolution.  Experienced in retrospect, his complete work comes as a revelation. Following trails embarked upon by his heroes Bob Cobbing, Dom Sylvester Houédard and Henri Chopin, Armstrong’s work is restless, engaging and constantly innovative. For a decade back then he caught the zeitgeist. And as a bonus what he created has aged wonderfully.”

                                                     — Peter Finch