Christian Palmer Solo Show

How Can I be a Better Human screen print. All others shown are original paintings in canvas
A Half A Million Thoughts Are Flowing Through My Mind Oil + Acrylic on Canvas 137cm x 75cm

Crestfallen pit bulls, camels carrying a wry knowing smile and cows playing casual observers.

A Half A Million Thoughts Are Flowing Through My Mind Oil + Acrylic on Canvas   137cm x 75cm
I Can’t Go Back The Way I Came Oil + Acrylic on Canvas 92cm x 122cm

These are some of the subjects in the work of artist Christian Palmer, who has come to London for his first solo show.

How Can I be a Better Human screen print. All others shown are original paintings in canvas
Strange Days Have Found Us

Based in Byron Bay, Australia, Palmer has travelled extensively across South East Asia, Europe and Australia, drawing inspiration along the way.

I Can't Go Back The Way I Came  Oil + Acrylic on Canvas 92cm x 122cm
How Can I be a Better Human screen print. All others shown are original paintings in canvas

Palmer says his current series began with dogs, ‘which bear witness to our lives’ before looking at cows ‘which surround me where I live and look through my window,’ and pigs ‘as they’ve been used in experiments to grow human organs.’

How Can I be a Better Human screen print. All others shown are original paintings in canvas
My Head Speaks a Language I Don’t Understand

There’s a parallel with humans in all of them as they’re all witnesses to the human condition.

My Head Speaks a Language I Don't Understand
The Truth Keeps Changing

Camels meanwhile are nomads – ‘it’s all about the journey’ says Palmer, who notes, they’ve been in the Australian headlines ‘because of the live export trade.’

His works are given levity with the addition of a synchronistic quote, usually from a poem or song, making the whole thing quite poignant.

Strange Days Have Found Us
Where is the Love to be Found?

‘The form of the letters are like child’s writing so it brings a naivety to it,’ says Palmer.

Strange Days Have Found Us
When I Grow Up I Want To Be Famous

Christian Palmer Solo Show will be held at the Graffik Gallery from 15-22 January on 284 Portobello Road, W10 5TE

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