Australian based Matt Palmer paints from a nostalgic distance. Palmer describes
his relationship with the 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’s father is the well-known New Zealand landscape painter Stanley Palmer
and a large influence on the artist growing up. Matt was brought up experiencing
image making in multiple mediums and from many different angles, exploring its
far reaches as he went on his father’s frequent painting excursions. Palmer’s
creative upbringing lead him to Elam School of Art where he was taught and a
further inspired by Denys Watkins.