About the Artist
Neville Palmer (1944 –)
Palmer’s large scale paintings and digital works are created by constantly repeating a single square, and subtly changing its colour. The idea of the square first appeared in his work during a retreat in 1976 and has been a motif in the works ever since. Palmer describes the square as a ‘gift’ for his artistic expression.
Palmer has CVD (colour deficiency) and thus can’t differentiate certain hues of colour, making his use of colour remarkable. The works are inspired by landscape, sunsets and the relationships between family and friends. The harmonious gently shifting colours taken from the nature encourage us to appreciate the beauty around us.
Palmer’s background in music leads him to visualize the square as a single note and take it as a starting point to create symphonies of colour and pattern. The connection with music and the mathematical basis of composing links well with his adoption of the pixel in 2008. The link between the square and the pixel, and for that matter the atom, as a building block led to his use of Photoshop, which has allowed Palmer to explore new avenues and work of greater intricacy.