brief bio

Gary Palmer

I grew up in the small town of Holywood in County Down, Northern Ireland. After pursuing an interest in Anthropology and Architecture I graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Edinburgh, and spent the next couple of years traveling around the world as a street-painter. The Holywood to Hollywood tale began when I emigrated to the US in 1995, and opened my first painting studio on Cahuenga Boulevard. When I relocated to America I began making a living painting murals for music videos, and creating anamorphic perspective drawings for Arts Festivals. Some of my public works were published in A Carpet of Dream, (RJD enterprises), 3D Streetart (Tectum), and Chalk on Street (Amazon). I continue to create drawings for international festivals but now spend most of my time working on paintings, and writing at my studio in Venice Beach, California, and spend summers in a retreat in southern France.


Memories of Zanzibar is a series of abstract figurative paintings on canvas based on travels in East Africa. The works tell stories about the people, places, and memories, defining a narrative language in painting. This project was recently published by Lumen Press in the form of a book/monograph and limited edition prints. The entire series are available from

Current work

Distillations: a series of experimental interpretations of traditional modes of painting such as landscape, portrait, and figure, in the medium of Japanese sumi ink. ‘Distilled Landscapes’ was first exhibited at Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Bergamot Station, installed as a continuous horizon line circumnavigating the space. Distilled landscapes take an experimental approach to reducing the traditional landscape down to a minimalist interpretation.

On the Nature of Nature: abstract paintings for contemplation on the nature of nature. The project is accompanied by a book of diagrams and texts. The project explores the territory where art and science intersect.