There is a quality in the hidden narratives and quirky perspectives of Simon Palmer that is quintessentially English. The tonal qualities of William Morris are recalled in Simon’s muted earthy hues and a calm tendency towards surrealism reminiscent of Stanley Spencer is evident in the unfathomable situations he represents
It was at Reigate School of Art where Simon studied illustration and graphic design where he was encouraged by his tutors to pursue landscape painting. Simon works in flat areas of interlocking colour creating an effect of collage which forces the eye to look deeper.
Simon has exhibited at the Royal Academy and in 1991 and 1992 he showed with the Bohun gallery in Henley. He was ‘the critics choice’ in The Independent in May 1995 and a profile appeared on him in Artist’s & Illustrators Magazine in November 1995.
Simon lived and worked in Kent for a while before returning to the North of England where he was born and educated. Simon finds the scenery and the people from home a vital source of inspiration.