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.

Competitions/Awards:

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

 

An Old Flame Pinball Wizard FL Hide & Seek
Degas' Favourite Flower I Degas' Favourite Flower II Bridge Viridian Shards
Sleeping Beauty RBT Crimson Threads RST
Whatipu Blue Caravaggio would have loved Magnolias Meola
Light and Dark In the Black Mt Eden Muriwai
Maungawhau spark Maungawhau spark II Shadowplay Though coming a long way they had woven a rich framework with which to blossom
Reflecting on Joseph From strength and nourishment within the Diaspora new shoots of Tangata Whenua grow City from Eden Shades of Grey (Horse puzzle)
Shades of Grey  - Installation View Hibiscus Tondo iiiiii Hibiscus Tondo iii Red Gold
Phoebe One Tree Hill Warp  & Weft Sweetner
Complex Rhythms Cos I'm Free, Free Falling Interwoven Archway
Studio Shot Established Roots Standing Together Can Be Prickly But Difference Is Replaced With Similarities Through Tolerance Metropolis
Studio Shot II Precious Spaces Alternate Radiance Garden City
Opposites Atract Rhododendron, Silver Linings St James Fall
Marama Silver Light of The Moon High Hopes High Hopes - Side View
You Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours Gold'n' Horse Brown on Blue Dark Horse
Midas Touch Black Beauty Out of the Shadows Two Worlds
Red Fall I Red Fall II Crossing Paths (Studio Shot) Crossing Paths
Drawn to You ii Gilda Ash Studio shot
New Beginnings Shadow Form Gilded Driftwood River Gold
ARC Damper Bay Heart of the Matter Dead Red II
Harakeke Cascade   Further Complications Central Thread II Magenta Lattice
Silver Kowhai Red Gold Biorhythms Full Circle By the Light of the Moon
Changing Beauty A Smaller Splash Emerald Prism Light
Space Form Silver Punga Albert Town Ash