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.


Railway Crossing Oamaru II Intersection Central Otago Castleford Barrytown Turakina Looking South West
Railway Bridge Karitane Trees Otaki Looking East Church Reotahi Palmerston Looking West
Farm House Otaki Whanganui River Looking North Road Central Otago Road Whanganui Looking North
Study Castleford Barrytown Ridgeline Mapui King Country Power Lines King Country Rain Whanganui
Shed and Tree, Grey Town, Looking West Cement Factory, Miranda, Looking East Cows and Tree Berry Shed Otaki
House Hauraki Plains Shed, King Country Cows Tikitiki Tree Wanganui
Omakau Looking East Road Hauraki Plains Looking East Shed And Tree Levin Shed Kaingaroa
Church Raetihi Looking South Farm House Otaki Looking East Farm House Okaihau Crossing Huntaville
Farm, Trees  South Taranaki Wreckers Yard, Hauraki Plains Piopio Looking East Ruapuke Looking South
Taumarunui Railway House Ridge King Country Road and Trees King Country Church Tauroa Junction
Two Cows Hauraki Plains Moawhango Looking South Te Uri Looking East House Port Waikato
Railway Bridge King Country Road Wairarapa Tokoroa Looking West House Miranda
Shed Mangaokewa Farm House Whanganui    Ida Valley Looking South Otaki Looking West
Trees Otaki Ridgeline Tauramunui Farm House, Okaihau (Study) Heading West, Ranfurly
Shed Kyeburn Kaeo Red Swamp Road Ridge line Northland
Ridge line King Country   House Waipiata Road Makara II Hapuku Looking South
Shed Waiau Grove of Trees Matauri Bay Waiau looking west