For background on the artist and works, see below.
About the Artist
Stanley Palmer was born in the Coromandel in 1936, but has lived in Auckland since 1941. He is best known for his paintings and distinctive prints capturing an essence of ‘New Zealand-ness’ mainly through images of the coastline, with themes of colonisation, conservation, and how we live with the land.
His West Coast images have become iconic images on and of the NZ psyche, especially of the stark outlines of nikau palms against the rugged coastline, and an implied metaphor of the colonist holding on against a barely tamed, or untameable country.
His engravings have a distinctive quality from a unique process using engraving and lithography on a bamboo, instead of metal plate. They are suggestive of old photographs, or a glimpsed past.
Stanley Palmer’s works feature in a number of important collections including: Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand; The University of Auckland; City Art Gallery, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; and the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.
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