Wednesday, 13 July 2011

My Favourite Painter...

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life", Pablo Picasso. 

In High School my art teacher introduced me to a painter named Stanley Palmer. I idolised his talent in both his paintings and prints. Everything about his work appeared natural and highly representative of New Zealand's beautiful landscapes. The established painter and printmaker was born near Thames in the Coromandal and studied at Dunedin Tecnical college in the late 1950's. Stanley Palmer's work is said to be 'expressive,emotive and distinctively New Zealand' whilst capturing the essence and colours of our natural coastlines. Palmer uses a combination of engraving and lithography using bamboo rather than metal as an etching plate. By using this method Palmer doesn't require the use of acid and the bamboo provides an easier surface to work with. When viewing his prints you can see the texture of the bamboo grain, which also assists in the natural appearance of the landscape

Stanley Palmer lives in Auckland and has worked as a fulltime artist since 1968. His work can be seen around New Zealand  in such places as Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington, City Art Gallery in Auckland, and The Dowse Art Museum in Wellington. Palmer endeavours to make art that is accessible and 'free from pretensions'.

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