neal palmer

Born in London 1968, with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Trent University painter Neal Palmer was encouraged to experiment, his practice evolving from painting to printmaking and then installation. Working as a prop maker and scenic artist in film and television after graduating Palmer lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Australia and in 1998 settled in New Zealand.

Coming to terms with the natural environment of his new home the artist engaged in painting again to great success, finding a strong affinity and emotional nostalgic response from the native flax.

With a consistent interest in blending colour, pattern, texture and abstract forms Palmer has consistently developed and perfected  the illusion of a photographic depth of field.  Allowing his work to slip in and out of pictorialism and abstract flatness; creating a tension between the painting’s surface and the illusion of space. Aspiring for his work to be relational “on as many levels as possible” and passion for quality “mark-making that lifts the painting beyond the material world” is what drives this artist.


Finalist, Wallace Art Awards 2013, work purchased for collection.
Finalist and ‘Merit Award Winner’ Molly Morpth Awards 2010
Finalist, Margret Stoddart Prize 2008
Finalist, Wallace Art Awards 2004 

Selected Publications:

20 Contemporary Artists of New Zealand 2005 Art Diary published by Saints
Contemporary New Zealand Artists Calendar (2005) published by Saints
Contemporary Artists of New Zealand Calendar 2005 published by Saints
‘Art New Zealand Today’ book of exhibiting artists published by Saints
Contemporary Artists of New Zealand Calendar 2003 (cover) published by Saints


Blue FL Hide & Seek Degas' Favourite Flower I
Degas' Favourite Flower II Bridge Viridian Shards Crimson Threads
RST City from Eden Dark Horse Warp  & Weft
Sweetner Gilda Interwoven Archway
Studio Shot Standing Together Can Be Prickly But Difference Is Replaced With Similarities Through Tolerance Established Roots Metropolis
Precious Spaces Garden City Opposites Atract Drawn to You ii
Fall Marama Silver Light of The Moon Heart of the Matter
Damper Bay You Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours Gold'n' Horse Brown on Blue
Black Beauty Midas Touch Out of the Shadows Two Worlds
New Beginnings Gilded Driftwood ARC Dead Red II
Harakeke Cascade   Further Complications Central Thread II Magenta Lattice
Full Circle By the Light of the Moon Changing Beauty Emerald Prism
Light Space Silver Punga Albert Town Ash