“I grew up watching my father draw the landscape. Every weekend he would head somewhere. While he talked about the light, my sister and I would play games. Exploring old abandoned sheds, looking for precious relics or climbing hills looking for our views. Watching him as a child ingrained in my memory a relationship with the landscape that is now impossible to deny. I am 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 time and time again. In a way it is the only place I feel truly relaxed. On my own, in a kind of meditation of sorts, I find myself wandering from place to place looking for images that remind me of old paintings or childhood memories. I look for paintings, historical reflections that echo both the history of the genre and also how I feel about my childhood, fully immersed in the scenery and dreaming in the presence of it”.
Matt Palmer 2014
Artists Statement “Little birds” “Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious”. Joan D. Vinge Little Birds is a new series of portraits by Sydney based New Zealand artist Matt Palmer. This series is a
Matt Palmer’s latest series of paintings is part of an ongoing project that looks at the place he grew up through the nostalgic eyes of an expat. The exhibition contained fourteen images from both the North and South Island of New Zealand. Check out the links below for images and more details of the exhibition. NKB Website
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