BLACK STAR SAPPHIRE
OWNER JACK ARMSTRONG
COSMIC HARLEY DAVIDSON
This magazine catalogues some 46 of the amazing 100 paintings of cosmic artist and art rebel Jack Armstrong whom I’ve
known for 12 years. Jack now in his sixties and in declining health is still flamboyant, out spoken and even arrogant at
times. However, underneath this mask, he is a very caring and sensitive man with a deep passion for the millions of
forgotten artists who could never break through the wall of the “art cartel,” his name for the major art galleries and
auction houses. These establishments alone decide who is to be or not to be the celebrated and wealthiest artists. Jack
has shown another way with his new style of modern art, “Cosmic Extensionalism” and self-promotion, making it possible
for an artist to jump the wall. With help from Star Global International he launched the Million Dollar Cosmic Harley
in 2010. It is the most famous and expensive motorcycle in the world. He has never participated in an auction, yet he
has made direct high-value sales to very wealthy buyers.
As a young boy on a visit to the Smithsonian Museum with his mother, Jack was fixated by a unique and precious stone,
a 733-carat sapphire, the Black Star Sapphire of Queensland. He promised his mother that one day he would buy the
stone and he did. The stone spoke to him and told him he would be a famous artist and to paint exactly 100 paintings
and never another. As a young model and artist in the 1980s in New York, Jack ran with such iconic artists as Andy
Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Indeed, Andy Warhol gave him the name “The Last Wizard.” I
developed the concept of the Million Dollar Harley as a branding tool similar to Warhol’s soup can. My aim was to
connect with a larger and more current generation and this rocketed Jack to super star status. The Cosmic Harley and
artist even reached the cover of the Pakistani Times. They are now well entrenched in the psyche of many people and
currently 2 books have chapters talking about the Cosmic Harley. Any researcher will see numerous articles in
newspapers, magazines, internet, and on radio & TV. While not quite as famous as his uncle, astronaut Neil Armstrong,
Jack is the subject of “The Last Wizard” a movie, staring Damian Chapa and Eric Roberts, being made soon about his life.
Damian was introduced in the 1980s to Jack at a Warhol Party by Details Magazine’s brilliant writer Stephan Saban.
With only 100 paintings in the entire world these colorful, multilayered, acrylic on canvas paintings, are held closely by
savvy collectors who bought directly from the artist himself or through Star Global International. The art has Jack’s
finger prints, thumb prints, hand prints, and DNA in all of the 100 paintings - a process cleverly devised by the artist to
thwart forgeries. However, Star Global is keeping track and can authenticate all of the paintings. Twenty-five paintings
are destined to form the basis of a museum which the artist will open soon. He aims to help other talented artists
showcase their talents. This means only 75 paintings can ever be available for sale.
About 80 of Jack’s paintings are 24” x 36” before framing and are multi-layered and amazingly vibrant. Starting prices
are currently from $1,950,000 rising steeply to $10,000,000. Two paintings, 36” x 48”, are valued at $4,9500,00 each
and one piece de resistance, “Cosmic Starship Arrival”, 48” x 60”, recently valued at $6,500,000. Alice Walton WalMart
billionaire and owner of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, architect Narendra Patel, French superstar Michel
Polnareff, Donny York of iconic pop group Sha Na Na, and Eric Roberts are listed among his famous collectors.
Very recently a 4-page in-depth interview with Jack appeared in Art & Museum. This was submitted by Derek Culley, the
artist who discovered Damien Hirst. The magazine is part of The Family Office Elite Magazine which goes to high net
worth individuals usually with assets around $100 + million dollars. Jack’s paintings are destined to be virtually priceless
and a renowned art valuation expert told Star Global that the “sky is the limit” since there are only 100 paintings.
It is most unlikely that any of these paintings will find their way to market soon as most current owners are certain that
the contemporary art market is expanding. Owning an Armstrong is a combination of something exclusive and of
beauty to brag about. It’s also about possessing portable wealth. Jack’s story and art are uniquely based on his
ownership of the Black Star Sapphire of Queensland which he and many believe has magical powers of good fortune!
Nino barrette is an art dealer, critic and lecturer
with over 20 years of experience curating
international exhibits and museum collections.
The art of Jack Armstrong is fascinating to many and the question commonly asked of all pure abstract
expressionist painters is “what makes this special?”
Well of course, the response to that question is complicated and different for everyone as art is subjective so
there is no right or wrong answer when interpreting the artists’ work.
Jack Armstrong’s “Cosmic Extensionalism” is a new step forward in the evolution of art forms and it is often
compared to the style that many associate with Jackson Pollock or his peers of the day. Is that a fair
In my opinion, the two artists share a commonality in that they both are very deliberate in their technique
with nothing random or accidental occurring in their paintings. Furthermore, the works have a rhythmic dance
of intertwining paint and they share an audacity and boldness to break new ground separating themselves
from the masses. Accepting those similarities, one next has to recognize the significant differences between
the artists’ works to gain an understanding and appreciation of the unique art style that Jack Armstrong has
Jacks “Cosmic Art” is driven by a mystical force that emanated from the “Black Sapphire of Queensland.” That
force compelled him to create a very specific number of paintings in a very specific manner. Each of the 100
works is deliberately constructed with the lines, figures and movements creating the appearance of an
accidental, non-compositional technique. The mysterious messages and words found in the lines of the
painting are purposefully and strategically placed to deliver the cosmic energy within the painting to the
The few owners of Jack’s “Cosmic Art” have a common experience in that they all mention an indescribable
energy that seemingly vibrates from the paintings as they get near for viewings. This energy washes over them
and creates a feeling of rejuvenation and vibrancy.
With Pollack, it was likely a motivation to create artwork that separated him from the traditional style of the
day and to that end he created his signature “drip and splash” or “action painting” technique, which was very
avant-garde and revolutionized what was considered “fine art”.
Regardless of opinion on what is and what is not “art”, Jack Armstrong is an exceptionally talented artist that
has developed a unique body of work that is extremely finite and cannot be repeated or duplicated. The fact
that accredited appraisers and insurance companies value the works in the millions speaks volumes to the
current value and future speculative value of the artwork. All past fame and accolades aside, Jack’s art speaks
for itself and much like it’s brash creator… it speaks very loudly to those that can hear its message.
FRONT COVER 7. COSMIC STARSHIP ARRIVAL 23. STARONEstar
ROBERT STAR—PREFACE 8. COSMIC EXTENSIONALISM 24. STARSHIP
NINO BARRETT FINE ARTS 9. JACKZEN 25. STARSEX
CONTENTS LIST + 5 PAINTINGS 10. COSMICSEAS
26. STARPOWER ZEN
ALICE WALTON - COLLECTOR 11. LA FEMMEGODDESS 27. STARstarDNA
DONNY YORK - COLLECTOR 12. MELTINGSKYDAY 28. ULTIMATE MAGIC
THE LAST WIZARD - MOVIE 13. MINDTRANCE 29. UNIVERSALSTARLIGHT
ABOUT JACK ARMSTRONG 14. ORIGINS 30. WE R 1
ART&MUSEUM –INTERVIEW 15. POLNAREFF ROCKSPARIS 07 31. WILD STAR
GOLDEN SERIES 36” X 60” 1-4 16. PRIMAL969
1. GOLDEN COSMIC DREAM 17. PRIMALSUN #1 BACK COVER:
2. COSMIC GODDESS 18. PURPLEMAGIC JACK’S SEMINAL PIECE
3. COSMIC FINAL_MAGIC 1 19. PURPLEMOONS WARHO L NAKED
4. HUMANITY_COSMIC 20. STARANGELS
5. ANCIENTFIRE 21. STAR SAPPHIRE
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THE LAST WIZARD
I’m used to hearing older Sha Na Na
fans say “That was my era” about the early rock n’ roll
years. I’ve understood in a limited way, but now that I’m
old enough to savor my own coming of mature age and
its historical setting, the ripening of post-World War Two
American confidence and our winning the Cold War sit
more solidly as defining elements than the overly
revered Woodstock festival or the classic movie Grease,
both of which I performed in. More than cultural landmarks
like those, the defining impression I have of “my
era” has turned out to be the freewheeling exuberance
of expression that I witnessed in New York City and Los
Angeles as the century ripened. There was never a lack
of remarkable creative characters in either of the towns
where I spent most of my time.
I had bought into the hippy sandals earthiness of the 60s
completely enough to find myself repulsed by the “me
decade” garishness that came prancing in with the disco
glitter of the 70s. Yet the 1970s turned out to be the
decade for television stardom and peak earnings for me
and my rock n’ roll group ShaNaNa. It was also when
the “misery index” worsened for my countrymen so as to
bring their rejecting Jimmy Carter’s presidency and
favoring Ronald Reagan’s claim that big government was
“the problem.” Then followed the “morning in America”
1980s with their economic growth and the disintegration
of Soviet Communism, and it was evident that “the
American century” could turn out to be, despite all the
sporadic heartbreak and disorder, actually a valid
descriptive phrase. Freewheeling ambition, excess, spiritual revivalism, and controversy were so common that
we hardly took notice, and the flamboyance in the art of a young Jack Armstrong (even in the entourage of a
celebrated Andy Warhol) could go un-noticed too. It caught my notice as a compelling embodiment of the
spirit of the unfolding age that is “my era” only here in the new century.
Seems to me, what we collect in art should reflect the frivolous side of ourselves along with the more
pensive. I find both, to my surprise, in Jack Armstrong’s work. His paintings’ stunning richness of hue, before
we knew computer graphics would be able to mimic it ever in our lifetime, typified our late-cold-war-era
brashness. His casually hiding his own name in plain sight, and hiding some little-understood names of other
things in plain site- - it’s a playful permissiveness that’s just bulls-eye on that brashness. And in my painting,
titled “Tulemagic,” I find a glimpse of it that requires a gaze, again and yet again. I enjoy how it always
provokes friends’ reactions, and for my own part, I’ve even recorded a song about it.
“Seems to me, what we collect in
art should reflect the frivolous
side of ourselves along with the
more pensive. I find both, to my
surprise, in Jack Armstrong’s
work. His Paintings’ stunning
richness of hue, before we knew
computer graphics would be able
to mimic it ever in our lifetime,
typified our late-cold-war-era
brashness. His casually hiding his
own name in plain sight, and hiding
some little-understood names of
other things in plain sight - - it’s
a playful permissiveness that’s
just bulls-eye on that brashness.
And in my painting, titled
“Tulemagic,” I find a glimpse of it
that requires a gaze, again and
yet again. I enjoy how it always
provokes friends’ reactions and
for my own part, I even recorded
a song about it.
The biopic about the modern cosmic artist is entitled “The Last Wizard” (A nickname given to Jack by his close
friend the world renowned artist Andy Warhol). Chapa said Details Magazine's brilliant writer Stephan Saban
introduced him to Warhol in New York during the 80’s. "It was there I also met a young up-and-coming model,
Jack Armstrong later became a very wealthy and controversial artist.
Chapa also stated, “When I heard of the recent tragic but compelling story of Jack Armstrong’s controversial
life, and my memories of Warhol/Armstrong in the 80’s, I began to get impassioned by the project.”
Controversial filmmaker Damian Chapa also produced 'El Padrino' in which Chapa directed Academy Award
winners Faye Dunaway, Jennifer Tilly, and Gary Busey, along with Academy Award nominee Brad Dourif. Chapa
is no stranger to biopics; Chapa is the only filmmaker in the world who has produced and directed films on the
life of Marlon Brando and Roman Polanski.
Chapa won the best director and best drama awards for "Brando Unauthorized" at the New York International
Film/Video Fest 2010. He also won the Best Production Award for his "Polanski Unauthorized" at Indy Fest.
Recently, he was nominated for two NAFCA awards for his film "The DSK Story".
In an interview, Chapa said, "Alleged felon/artist Jack Armstrong is right up my biopic alley."
Star Global International, who was the creative force behind the “Million Dollar Harley” (painted by Armstrong),
has been hired as a consultant for the movie.
Many people don’t know that Jack Armstrong was the nephew of the famous astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first
man to walk on the moon.
Chapa said, "The film will be surreal at moments surrounding the strange story of how Jack Armstrong as a child
spoke to the "Black Star of Queensland," a black, sapphire jewel that was in the Smithsonian Museum for years.
The Black Star spoke back to Jack Armstrong telling him he was going to be the most famous cosmic artist ever."
Chapa said he, "won’t shy away from the rape allegations that led to the arrest of the artist Jack Armstrong."
The production begins on November 22nd, 2016, in New York City.
JACK OWNER OF ‘THE BLACK STAR SAPPHIRE OF QUEENSLAND’ REPUTED TO BE WORTH $100 MILLION.
LAST SEEN BY THE PUBLIC AT THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM IN 2007. THE STONE GAVE HIM BOTH THE
INSPIRATION AND ENERGY TO PAINT 100 COSMIC CANVASSES. HIS BELIEF IN THE MAGICAL POWERS OF
THIS WORLD FAMOUS 733-CARET GEMSTONE HAS MADE HIM VOW NEVER TO PAINT ANOTHER CANVAS.
THE STONE, THE STORY AND THE STARS ARE WELL ALIGNED FOR A METIORIC PRICE RISE!
JACK ARMSTRONG’S WORLD FAMOUS COSMIC HARLEY DAVIDSON - THE
MOST EXPENSIVE MOTORCYCLE IN THE WORLD ! - LAUNCHED 2010. IT
IS ON THE MARKET THIS YEAR AT $10 MILLION.
JACK ARMSTRONG’S WORLD FAMOUS COSMICSTAR CRUISER
ARTBike– LAUNCHED IN DUBAI 2014 AT $3 MILLION.
Jack Armstrong, has been
painting since he was 5
years old. After arriving in
NYC in 1979, he became
friends with Andy Warhol,
Jean-Michel Basquiat and
Keith Haring. In 1984 after
turning down a solo
exhibition with the Leo
Castelli Gallery in NYC, Mr.
Armstrong has maintained
his revolutionary antidealer
stance and has
never been represented by
JACK ARMSTRONG HOLDING HIS BLACK STAR SAPPHIRE, Mr. Armstrong founded
THE LARGEST STONE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD.
revolutionizing modern art. Armstrong’s use of extreme
color, texture and light with words magically appearing at
different angles in the paint, allow viewers to experience
universal cosmic energy, coexisting with his belief in
inter-planetary and multi-dimensional extensionalism.
Current prices and values range between $1.5M—$10M.
Alice Walton, Michel Polnareff, Narendra Patel, Donny
York, and Eric Roberts are listed amongst the wealth
owners of his work.
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We are very receptive to new ideas for stories and editorials. We understand that one person’s art is
another person’s poison, and this is one of the many ideas we will explore in the upcoming issues of ‘Art &
INTERVIEW WITH JACK ARMSTRONG submitted by
DEREK CULLEY printed in Family Office magazine
ART & MUSEUM summer 2017 edition. Derek Culley
discovered world famous artist ‘DAMIEN HIRST’.
by Derek Culley
Jack Armstrong has been painting since
he was five years old. After arriving in
NYC in 1979,he became friends with
Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat &
Keith Haring. In 1984, after turning
down a solo exhibition with Castelli
Gallery in NYC, Armstrong has
maintained his revolutionary anti-dealer
stance and has never been represented
by a dealer. Between 1994 & 1997;
Armstrong repurchased his early work
and destroyed all paintings, vowing to
create a new style for Modern /
Contemporary Art. The years 1900 &
2000 witnessed Armstrong founding
“cosmic Extensionalism” revolutionizing
Modern / Contemporary Art.
Armstrong’s use of extreme colour,
texture and light with words magically
appearing at different angles in the
paint, allow viewers to experience the
universal cosmic energy, coexisting with
Armstrong’s belief In inter-planetary
and multi-dimensional Extensionalism.
This is the foundation of Armstrong’s
revolutionary work. Armstrong’s total
output to date features 100 Cosmic
Extensionalism Paintings coupled with
the most valuable motorcycle and art
bicycle in the world. Plans for 2019
include the introduction of the most
expensive art automobile in the world.
Other projects include the staging of
the “Cosmic Firebird Ballet” Dance
Concert choreographed by Valerie
Mahabio plus 3 limited edition coffee
table art books published by
A & M:
How did growing up in Midwestern
United States form and inform your
ambitions and dreams?
Growing up in Omaha in the 1960’s
made you dream. You dreamed of
California, Paris, Rome, Sydney, New
York, London and all the Islands you
saw in travel magazines. Rio to Bali to
Asia.. The dreams took me to the most
beautiful beaches in the world and the
great cities with the finest art
museums. I dreamed to paint what
my hero Van Gogh did not have time
to achieve, in the ten year period in
which he worked. Omaha was a cattle
stockyard town on the Missouri River
with one gem of a museum named
“The Jocelyn” Museum of Art. It was a
pink granite palace that shone in the
sun, given to the city by one famous
local family that changed my life. I saw
the old west masterpieces of Charles
Russell and Frederic Remington and
the treasures of the Pharaoh “King
Tut.” But Van Gogh changed my life
when I viewed his self-portrait and
discovered myself. The golden mask of
the “boy” King of Egypt seen thru the
eyes of a seven-year-old boy was
magical. Inside a Greek Temple, on the Plains of
Nebraska, this Museum became my center of magic &
wonder, that would inspire my journey to find the
“center” of my own magic, & somewhere, somehow,
inside of myself, create a revolution of light and color
that would shine as brightly in modern art, as Tut’s
golden & turquoise mask, shone in his time.
Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat are
modern icons and readily recognised major artists. As
a contemporary and friend of above artists; you have
shunned Galleries and destroyed early works, focusing
on producing the “100 Paintings”. Please discuss.
Having finished the 100 paintings in 2010 that I
promised myself would be my total output as an artist
after I repurchased my early work in the 1990’s and
burned all of the paintings, I was re-imagining my early
dream of painting a Harley Davidson. My early works
were no different than what had been achieved by
thousands of artists, even though I was the only artist
ever in NYC, that explained to the most important
Modern Art Dealer on the planet : Leo Castelli, that I
was “not” ready for the solo show he offered me, in
his Castelli Gallery in New York (1984). .“My friend
Andy Warhol did not speak to me for months. Only
Larry Rivers & Keith Haring understood. Roy
Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat were in their
own world, and I went deeper into my own
non-dealer, non-gallery experience.”
Did this route to independence affect your ability for
artistic recognition and successful sales?
It depends on which yard sticks one uses to measure
success. Nicknamed “The Last Wizard” by Andy
Warhol; who saw my work as more alchemy than art; I
have followed “a true” path in the execution of my
dreams and works. Amongst my peers and critics, I am
respected. Collectors have acknowledged my work. For
example, Walmart’s Alice Walton, Narendra Patel and
Michel Polnareff, are internationally known collectors
of my art works. My work is among the highest and
fastest appreciating artwork in the world. My paintings
have been sold for 700 thousand dollars to Six million
dollars. As I point out above, my no-dealer and
independent approach to collectors and critics have
increased the value and uniqueness’ of my “100
Paintings”. Cosmic Extensionalism is my religion.
I am intrigued as to what inspires you and what
“Cosmic Extensionalism” is about.
My goal and my muse, which is really the child still lost
in wonder among paintings: in the “Muse”- ums of my
youth, was to create something that people had never
experienced before. “Cosmic Extensionalism” (founded
1999 – 2000) which I named the style I paint in, is
more than a new school of art. It is everything I
dreamed possible long ago. Art dealers, gallery
personnel, curators and art history experts today
speak in gibberish. This is what they have been taught.
Vincent Van Gogh taught us thru his life and work that
the “Essence of life itself” only becomes visible when
we believe in the power of our “own” creation. So all
the theories of people who do not create “anything”
except meaningless words to try and explain the
“meaning” in many paintings that have no meaning &
are hung on walls in the great dealer galleries and
museums of the world, supported by “words” to
somehow validate their “worth” in terms of price and
significance seems absurd when considering Van Gogh.
For me “Cosmic Extensionalism” is universal magic, a
cosmic connection to the energy of trillions of galaxy’s
and Channelling that power to everything we do or
create. It is a universal essence of life, colour, magic
Why did you choose to immortalise the Harley
Davidson to feature among your art signatures of a life
Seeing my first Corvette’s in 1963-1966 was the same
for a young boy, as looking at masterpieces in art
museums. American dreams, on wheels. Exotic bright
coloured paint, the fastest, most beautiful cars I
thought, in the world. Listening to “Engines” that
sounded like thunder-gods became our religion. Harley
Davidson’s from that period were radical icons of lust.
The ultimate, piece of motor art. In the annual custom
auto and motorcycle shows in the Omaha Coliseum,
the velvet ropes surrounding these wondrous
machines became my friends, as I clung to the soft
ropes with small hands and large dreams, I whispered
to myself, “someday I will paint the finest art motor
cycle and Sports car, in the world.” Gazing at those
incredible machines, it seemed to me then, and still
today, which everyone who ever painted no matter
how high the level of perfection that they always went
deep, in the sense of thickness of paint. No matter
how many layers of paint & lacquer that
were applied, in the end, no matter what
style and colour or pattern, all the same
technique. Flat surface, without any
texture, surface height or “explosion” of
madness. Beauty without magic. I saw
the possibility then, (in 1963) which was
still true in 2010 when I finally achieved
my childhood dream of painting what I
believe to be, the most revolutionary art
motorcycle in history. In 2009 I painted
one shining new, Harley V-Rod that
would become my art signature, of a
lifetime’s work, & planning that could
take me into Vincent’s cosmic world and
beyond. Van Gogh was the first artist in
history to create Revolutionary art.
The Cosmic Starship Harley Davidson sold
for $3million (2012) and was followed by
the $3 million Cosmic Star Cruiser ART-
Bike. What are your plans for the future?
I am in the planning stage to create the
most expensive car in history, A “COSMIC
ROLLS ROYCE” To be released for 2019,
model to be announced, but it will be “a
cosmic starcloud-convertible, price
$100M. U.S. Dollars, with its own “English
made” - 2019 “Cosmic Triumph” Motorcycle,
(model also to be announced.)
Additionally, this $6 Million Dollar Art
Motorcycle will be mounted on its own
custom clear plastic trailer and attached
to the car. I choose to open this final
exhibition of my career, combining the
Classic British Marks of Rolls & Triumph,
which will be an “Artistic Triumph” for
the public and for art. Creating magic
things change when positive things are
done. Art is the most powerful force of
change in the world as is love. Triumph
and Rolls are pieces of art, and after they
are magically transformed into rolling art
objects through the vision of “Cosmic
Extensionalism”, perhaps I can then
change the life of other’s who need
assistance. I would also mention that 1/2
of the sale price of the Rolls and the
Triumph will be donated to children’s
charity of our choice to be announced.
Because children; are truly the world’s
Source of Biographical Data & answers:
“Cosmic Dream Machine”