By Patrick Palmer: I am a traditionally trained artist – I try to capture the beauty of the female form with a minimum of marks - you can recognise someone from 100 yards even though you cannot see any detailed features. Capturing this essence is what I am constantly trying to achieve.
I have a diploma from Heatherley's School of Art in Chelsea and another at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. I have also been given extensive personal tuition from a close friend of Francis Bacon and a senior lecturer at The Royal Academy.
I am now lucky to exhibit in 4 galleries in the UK and various art shows.
Anna Friel: I know Anna and really wanted to capture her. I was playing around with various colour washes as a background to standard charcoal drawings and I started this drawing on a scrap of paper as an experiment. This was a bit of a struggle but I was happy in the end. It sold at the Affordable Art Fair. The yellow-ochre colour made it.
Girl with folded arms: this started as a charcoal but
went wrong so many times that I had to paint over it and it turned into
an oil painting. It went on for 6 months and I used it as an experimental
canvas for various paint techniques I had been reading about. It sold
recently at The Affordable Art Fair.
Girl with Hands in Her Hair: I had been reading a book
by Degas (my favourite artist) and I was inspired by his painting called
‘combing the hair’.
Hush #3: I love this pose and this was the 3rd attempt,
I loved working on such a large scale.
L’Ange?: She looks like an angel and I started putting
in angel wings at one point. However, there is also a naughtiness about
her face. I’m glad I stopped when I did and avoided overworking it.
Looking Down: This was originally a charcoal that went
wrong. As I had abandoned it, it allowed me to freely experiment with
different techniques especially washes, in the end the background became
as important as the figure. It sold recently at The Kent & Sussex
Art Fair and apparently people really liked the background as much as
the figure itself.
Sculpted Lady: The figure looked statuesque and I tried
to capture this quality in a very large charcoal. The end result is a
bit undefined but works quite well.
Dignity: I was initially captured by the expression
on the girl’s face but having worked on it I really like the reworking
of the drawing in the body especially the numerous lines defining the
Tel: 0781 319 4799 (UK)
Email: patrick.palmer at yahoo dot co dot uk
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