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 had his first show of paintings in 2013, and two subsequent sell out exhibitions in 2014 and 2017. His paintings have been reviewed favourably by herald critic and Old Boy TJ McNamara ’48 and feature in a variety of private and corporate collections across Australasia, Europe and the USA.
Courtesy of Föenander Galleries.
Matt will have works in one of the eight houses on the Tour.