“I want my paintings to relate on as many levels as possible but with an overriding search for quality of mark-making that lifts the painting beyond the material world. It is this that drives me to paint.” (1)
Neal Palmer’s botanical works exhibit a tension between the flatness of the picture plane and the illusion of depth and space he creates with his brush. He uses strong diagonal forms and multi-toned colours as compositional elements to lead the eye across the painted surface and into its imagined background.
“More than anything, Neal’s paintings are a reflection of his love of natural form and involvement with the act of painting; the manipulation of colour, its hues and tones to form convincing photorealistic pictures.” (2)
Neal Palmer was born 1968 in London. He gained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts from Trent University in Nottingham, England. He now lives and paints as a full time artist in Auckland. He has been a finalist in various art competitions including the Margaret Stoddart Prize and the Wallace Trust Awards. In 2010 he gained a merit award in the Molly Morpeth Art Award in Whakatane. Palmer has had numerous and regular solo exhibitions since 1999.
1. Neal Palmer, Artist Statement 2015.
2. Suzie Campbell, “Snapshot Reality- The Painted World of Neal Palmer,” Art New Zealand, Autumn 2004.