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Stanley Palmer

Stanley Palmer is one of New Zealandís best known painters and printmakers.  He was born in 1936 at Turua near Thames in the Coromandel. In 1941, his family moved to Mount Eden, where he still lives and works. He studied to be a teacher at Dunedin Technical College in the late 1950s, and did specialist art training.  Although he has become well-known for his prints, his formative years were spent painting.

His first regular exhibitions began in the early 1960's. Until 1969 Stanley was teaching in Auckland. In 1969 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Art Council grant.  After travelling to England, Ireland, Europe and North Africa he returned to New Zealand in 1975.  Stanley became a full-time professional printmaker and painter from his home based print workshop in Mt Eden.

By the late 1970s his printmaking repertoire included woodcuts, monoprints and bamboo engravings. The scenes he portrays mainly feature New Zealand coasts with themes of colonisation, conservation, humanity and the land.

Stanley has had regular one-man exhibitions at leading galleries in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. He is represented in The National Gallery, most other New Zealand public collections and many private collections in New Zealand and overseas.

Stanley endeavours to make art that is accessible and "free from pretensions."

The Last Houses 1972, 14/50.  360 x 500 mm  SOLD