How a Note in a Coffee Shop Jump-Started Painter Reginald Armstrong’s Career

Portrait of Reginald Armstrong. Photography by Jasmine Rutledge. All images courtesy of Armstrong.

I first met Reginald Armstrong in 2018, when he unknowingly photobombed a picture I snapped of a friend at a UTA Artist Space opening in Los Angeles. Years later, when I visited his DTLA studio for this story, I saw that the photo had become the reference for a series of paintings that filled the space. 

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