Neal Palmer

London born Neal Palmer has a BA Hons in Fine Art from Trent University and was encouraged to experiment; his practice evolving from painting to printmaking, then installation. Working as a prop maker and scenic artist in film and television after graduating, Palmer lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Australia and in 1998 settled in New Zealand. Coming to terms with the natural environment of his new home, the artist engaged in painting again, to great success, finding a strong affinity and emotional nostalgic response from the native flax.

With a consistent interest in blending colour, pattern, texture and abstract forms, Palmer has consistently developed and perfected the illusion of a photographic depth of field. Allowing his work to slip in and out of pictorialism and abstract flatness; creating a tension between the paintings surface and the illusion of space. Aspiring for his work to be relational “on as many levels as possible” and passion for quality “mark-making that lifts the painting beyond the material world” is what drives this artist.


Finalist, Wallace Art Awards 2013, work purchased for collection.
Finalist and ‘Merit Award Winner’ Molly Morpeth Awards 2010
Finalist, Margret Stoddart Prize 2008
Finalist, Wallace Art Awards 2004
Selected Publications:
20 Contemporary Artists of New Zealand 2005 Art Diary published by Saints
Contemporary New Zealand Artists Calendar (2005) published by Saints
Contemporary Artists of New Zealand Calendar 2005 published by Saints
Art New Zealand Today’ book of exhibiting artists published by Saints
Contemporary Artists of New Zealand Calendar 2003 (cover) published by Saints

2021  Formal Roots, Muse Gallery, Havelock North

2020  Thorny Issues, Föenander Galleries, Auckland

2019  Signs & Impressions, Muse, Havelock North

2019  Central Thread, Föenander Galleries, Auckland

2018  Twenty Two, Föenander Galleries, Auckland

2018  Floral Evolution, Muse, Havelock North 

2017  Midas Touch, Föenander Galleries, Auckland