Matt Palmer

Australian based Matt Palmer paints New Zealand from a nostalgic distance. Palmer describes his relationship with the New Zealand landscape as one of being “constantly drawn back to its dream-like qualities and emotional resonance it is this subconscious, silent conversation that I find myself always drawn back into.” In a meditative mode of working Palmer searches for imagery that simultaneously reminds him of his childhood and the history of the painting genre, setting out to identify that place in his imagination that falls somewhere between desire and reality, a construction of intimate experiences and highly personalised landscapes.

Palmer’s father is the well known New Zealand landscape painter Stanley Palmer and a large influence on the artist growing up. Matt was brought up experiencing the New Zealand country side from multiple angles, exploring its far reaches as he went on his father’s frequent painting excursions.  Palmer’s creative upbringing lead him Elam School of Art where he was taught and a further inspired by Denys Watkins; following which he moved to Sydney in the mid-nineties to explore a career as film director, working extensively on short films and music videos for which he has won a range of awards in Australia and overseas. 

Throughout this period Palmer has been experimenting with the landscape genre attempting to bridge the gap between his painting, printmaking and film projects; developing a specific technique (and aesthetic) which lies somewhere between photograph, painting and film. His distinctive work is painterly and at the same time cinematic, often brooding and always loaded with potential and untold narrative.

Palmer had his first show of paintings in 2013, and two subsequent sell out exhibitions in 2014 & 2017. His paintings have been reviewed favourably by herald critic TJ McNamara and feature in a variety of private and corporate collections across Australasia, Europe and the USA.


Cement Factory, Miranda, Looking East Shed and Tree, Grey Town, Looking West House Miranda Road Wairarapa
Tokoroa Looking West Turakina Looking South West Railway Bridge Karitane Trees Otaki Looking East
Palmerston Looking West Farm House Otaki Power Lines King Country Railway Bridge King Country
Shed Kyeburn Shed, King Country Tree Wanganui Omakau Looking East
Road Hauraki Plains Looking East Shed And Tree Levin Farm House Otaki Looking East Farm House Okaihau
Farm, Trees  South Taranaki Piopio Looking East Ruapuke Looking South Taumarunui Railway House
Road and Trees King Country Church Tauroa Junction Two Cows Hauraki Plains Moawhango Looking South
Te Uri Looking East House Port Waikato Farm House Whanganui    Ida Valley Looking South
Otaki Looking West Ridgeline Tauramunui Farm House, Okaihau (Study) Shed Port Waikato
Heading West, Ranfurly Kaeo Red Swamp Road Ridge line King Country  
House Waipiata Road Makara II Hapuku Looking South Shed Waiau
Grove of Trees Matauri Bay Waiau looking west Road Ranfurly Farm house Hunua
Road Tepuke Farm House Hauraki Plains Church Matauri Bay Church Awhitu
Ridgeline Kaeo Road Ida valley Shed Hauraki Plains Road Hauraki Plains
Ridgeline Wairarapa Ridgeline Northland Red sheds Carterton