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 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 Railway Crossing Oamaru II
Intersection Central Otago Railway Bridge King Country Cows and Tree Berry Shed Otaki
House Hauraki Plains Shed Kyeburn Shed, King Country Cows Tikitiki
Tree Wanganui Omakau Looking East Road Hauraki Plains Looking East Shed And Tree Levin
Shed Mangaokewa 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 Farm House Whanganui    Ida Valley Looking South
Otaki Looking West Trees Otaki Ridgeline Tauramunui Farm House, Okaihau (Study)
Shed Port Waikato Heading West, Ranfurly 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
Road Ranfurly Farm house Hunua Ridgeline Waiau