Stanley Palmer and company exhibition

13 December 2018 - 27 January 2019 - Library

Stanley Palmer comes to town. He is showing six new paintings and prints at The Central art gallery.

Views of Akaroa, Otago Peninsula and Hauraki are the subjects of these oils on canvas – a rare chance in Christchurch to enjoy the colour and brush marks of one of New Zealand’s most-loved artists.

Company includes some wonderfully unruly piwakawaka (fantails) by Hannah Kidd and, for the first time in many years, some very beautiful little stoneworks by John Edgar – a master of cut and ground stone. In his small pieces the precision of geometry meets the splendor of polished form.


Through images of our coastlines, themes of colonisation, concerns of conservation and how we exist and interact with the landscape, Stanley Palmer’s iconic paintings and unique prints capture a quintessential New Zealand. His images of the West Coast are among his most recognised works, stylised outlines of nikau palms against a typically New Zealand windswept coastline, a nod to our untamed country.

Palmer’s distinctive expressions of the New Zealand landscape are reminiscent, suggesting your own recollections, old photographs or a hint of times past. His works appeal to his audience’s own memories. He has developed an individual style that encapsulates the heart and hues of our coastlines, rural landscapes and native foliage.

In terms of his production techniques, Palmer has always been experimental. He is well known for his bamboo engravings of the 1960s, which he achieved through a unique process of engraving and lithography onto a bamboo plate, instead of the commonly used metal. These earlier prints are characteristic of their production and often feature a fractured picture plane.

Born in the Coromandel in 1936, Palmer studied at Dunedin Technical College during the late 1950s. He began exhibiting in 1958 and has been working as a full-time artist since 1969, after he finished teaching art in Auckland.

He lives and works in Mt Eden, Auckland. He has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and Australia. Many of his works are part of significant public and private collections including, Auckland Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, and the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Stanley Palmer
Behind Harbour Cone Highcliff Road, 2015
Oil on linen
700 millimetres x 1600mm

Dates: Thursday 13 December 2018 to Sunday 27 January 2019. Gallery open Tuesdays to Sundays.

Times: 10.00am to 5.00pm

Venue: The Central, The Library building, the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard


Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.