Born in 1955 in Kingston Jamaica, Eugene Palmer is a well-known artist, whose works are not only under reputed collections but also exhibited worldwide. He was a part of the exhibition Black Art: Plotting the Course that focussed on the concerns of the black community during the 80s. Conducting solo exhibitions at reputed venues, he has been represented by many galleries. Palmer has a BA (Hons) from Wimbledon School of Art. Before the same, he completed the Art Foundation course in Birmingham.
Palmer's long career in art observes several styles, mediums and techniques. From exploring the fundamentals of visuals like form, colour, and composition in his initial works, he switched to figuration which became an ongoing and persistent style of his practice. His enquiry into culture and presentation of form alludes to his cinematic background. His works recognise the history, politics and black community. Reflecting on his experience, of the past to his European exposure, Eugene recalibrates the essence of memory, individuality and perception. He uses archival records, and photographs to render an image of his subconscious.
Teeming with relationships, with humans as well as nature, the colours are impressionistic and devise a new method of expression. The stark facial expression gazes back at the viewer questioning the existence and existential crisis. They are simple beings with complex queries, which hitherto rendered in primary tonal hues.
Eugene Palmer lives and works in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.
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