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

Caravaggio would have loved Magnolias In the Black Light and Dark Maungawhau spark II
Mt Eden Muriwai Maungawhau spark An Old Flame
Pinball Wizard Sleeping Beauty RBT Meola
Whatipu Though coming a long way they had woven a rich framework with which to blossom Cos I'm Free, Free Falling Reflecting on Joseph
Complex Rhythms From strength and nourishment within the Diaspora new shoots of Tangata Whenua grow Shades of Grey (Horse puzzle) Shades of Grey  - Installation View
Hibiscus Tondo iiiiii Hibiscus Tondo iii Red Gold Phoebe
With thanks to Ralph One Tree Hill Crossing Paths (Studio Shot) Studio Shot II
Alternate Radiance Rhododendron, Silver Linings St James Crossing Paths
High Hopes High Hopes - Side View Red Fall I Ash
Studio shot River Gold Harakeke Cascade   Silver Kowhai
Red Gold Biorhythms By the Light of the Moon A Smaller Splash Form