“…I like to choose animals that have an edge about them, animals that are representative of an outsider. From this perspective, I make sense of my own internal dialogue and the irony of the human condition.” Christian Palmer
Originally from London, Christian Palmer is a Byron Bay based artist, whose work is a collision between an established fine art background (Central Saint Martins, London) and the Urban/Contemporary Street Art movement with its unrestricted communication and interaction through public spaces. Palmer’s rise in the global urban art scene kicked off following exhibiting with street artist Banksy and UK stencil artist T.WAT to name just a few.
Palmer embraces the urban contemporary genre from a kind of mongrel fine art perspective. His work is a culmination of many years in the creative arts ranging from graphics and illustration to painting and stencil art. It is from the vantage point of an outsider he reflects on our preconceptions and poses questions about the human condition. Canvas, wood, streetscapes and screen prints are all used to communicate lyrical art works, using a child's writing: the most elementary graffiti.
After travelling extensively, Palmer eventually landed in Malta, experimenting with painting on the idyllic Mediterranean Isle of Gozo in collaboration with a group of like-minded artists, as well as setting up a boutique graphic design company.
Five years later he moved to Byron and self-published the Byron Bay Diaries photographic journal and began to work professionally as a painter.
Palmer's work is shown in galleries throughout the UK and Australia. Most recently, he featured in The Urban Art Show-a group exhibition in London-alongside famed street artists such as Banksy. He is also associated with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors and Let Elephants Be Elephants (LEBE) an awareness campaign regarding the connection between rising levels of elephant poaching in Africa and the consumption of ivory in Asia.