Saturday, June 28, 2014

David Palmer Studio

Credit David Palmer Studio
 I found the amazing artist, David Palmer by clicking through new followers on my Pinterest account this morning.  David has one of his paintings as his profile picture on Pinterest.  There was something about that red and white pinwheel lollipop that caught my attention and made me want to see more from this artist.    
Photography credit to Judith Lutuz
David Palmer was born in Syracuse, New York, but currently lives and works in Los Angeles.   He was educated at the University of Massachusetts where he graduated in 1987 with a Masters of Fine Art.  Inspired by nature, his work is representative of microscopic views of environmental relationships only visible through a microscope.  Complex and cerebral, his work provokes thought.   David's use of color and pattern combine to create energy and emotion on the canvas.  I was immediately drawn into his web.

{Click here to read more & see his work....}

The lollipop that caught my attention belongs to David's Subterranean Retro Pop Series. Don't you think this series has a painterly Andy Warhol feel to it?  I do.   Fun, colorful and realistic, this series is my absolute favorite collection from Palmer!  Here is David's explanation of the inspiration behind the collection:


"These paintings are celebrations of 20th century material culture. They are inspired by childhood memories of endless days, way too much sugar, and a fascination with the physical world." 
~David Palmer

See other paintings from the collection below!

Although, Palmer's pop culture collection is my favorite, I also loved painting from all of his collections.  This series is called "People like Cows."  here is why he named it that:


"The title of this series is a quote from David Lynch – something I heard him say at a screening. When asked why Laura Dern, as part of the publicity for his film Inland Empire, was seen standing on a Hollywood street corner with a cow, he simply said “people like cows.”  ~David Palmer


"This series of paintings and mixed media works was inspired, in part, by the Nicolas Roeg film Walkabout, a story about the collision of cultures and the difficulty of communication. In Australian Aboriginal society, “walkabout” refers to a period of wandering in the wilderness, a spiritual journey or rite of passage.
In 21st century America, we inhabit a different sort of wilderness, a world of images and symbols that we are continually creating and infusing with meaning. The Aboriginal journey is a solitary one, but ours is not. Even when alone, we are increasingly connected, commenting and discussing. We are watching and being watched. Broadcasting and receiving."  ~David Palmer


"I'm interested in the ways things are connected, both directly and through networks, and how simple elements can combine and evolve into complex organisms.
The title of this series comes from a phrase in Kevin Kelly's book Out of Control, where he describes the "poised disequilibrium of living systems, forever almost falling" as they ride the edge between chaos and order. He was talking about biology, but it's also a pretty good description of the creative process itself.
All of these pieces were created by hand-cutting and inlaying linoleum and vinyl flooring materials. I think of them as paintings, but there was no paint involved. The colors and textures were chosen from what was available at Linoleum City. My main tool was an Exacto knife. I went through hundreds of blades, and quite a few bandaids too. The dotted lines that appear on some of these were "drawn" using an electric drill."  ~David Palmer


"These paintings are glimpses through an imaginary microscope. They represent elements of the physical realm too small to see with the naked eye, invisible energy fields and flows of information, tiny self-organizing source code fragments suspended in a timeless, floating world."  ~David Palmer


"These paintings are based upon fragments of memory, fragments which, over the course of time, have become distorted and dreamlike, the distinction between real and imagined events having long disappeared.
I once read an interview in which Gabriel Garcia-Marquez described the way his grandmother would tell stories. She told things that sounded supernatural and fantastic, but she made them believable by telling the stories in great detail and without changing the expression on her face. That's pretty much how I approached this work."  ~David Palmer

LAX Series

"When I worked as a digital effects artist on the film Air Force One, my coworkers and I would sometimes go down to the IN-N-OUT Burger at the corner of Lincoln and Sepulveda for lunch. We'd eat in the little park across the street from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and watch the planes come in over our heads to land." ~David Palmer
Are you as intrigued by David Palmer's work as I am? Were you an immediate fan like I was?  I can't wait to own my first David Palmer!
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  1. What a fabulous honor! Thank you so much. I loved reading through these quotes and starting my day with a big bouquet of inspiration. You're delightful!
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    1. Thanks Holly! Hope you are having a great summer! oxox


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