SIMON PALMER –  Biography
(Current: 2015)

I’m a professional designer and artist. Originally qualifying as an architect, later moving into graphic design, painting and drawing have always been an intrinsic part of my creative output and continue to be integral to my ongoing work and practice.

My focus has generally been the painting of abstract landscapes, but I also create figurative and purely abstract works.

I am a self-taught artist.
I don’t have any art-degree qualifications, but I do have design (architecture) qualifications.

Currently I live and work in Sydney

Art Prizes/Inclusions*
(* I don’t regularly or generally enter prizes or competitions, so my list is sporadic)

2015   Semi-finalist   NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize
2013   Finalist   Waverley Art Prize
2009   Finalist   Waverley Art Prize
2008   Finalist   Mosman Art Prize
2005   Finalist   SODA Gallery Small Painting Prize, Sydney – (but withdrew from display)
1983   Finalist   Faber-Castell Drawing Prize, Sydney
1980   Finalist   Civic Permanent National Art Award, Canberra

Solo Exhibitions
2010   Mils Gallery, Sydney
1991   Metro Art Gallery, Sydney – ‘All art is Fiction’
1991   Hugo Galleries, Canberra
1990   Hugo Galleries, Canberra
1990   Gallery Café, Sydney

Joint Exhibitions
2016   ‘Petit Traveaux’ – Aarwun Gallery, Canberra
2015   NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize – Sydney
2013   ‘Canberra Now’ – Aarwun Gallery Canberra
2013   Winter Exhibiton – Aarwun Gallery Canberra
2013   Waverley Art Prize Exhibition, Sydney
2012   Oxford Art Prize Exhibition + Oxford Art Fair – Tap Gallery, Sydney
2009   Mosman Art Prize Exhibition, Sydney
2008   Almost Famous – Tap Gallery, Sydney
2008   Charles Hewitt Gallery – Bondi Road Expressionists group show, Sydney /
Waverley Art Prize Exhibition, Sydney
2006   Richard Martin Art – Horizon Line, Sydney
2006   Waverley Art Prize exhibiton, Waverley Arts Centre, Waverley, Sydney
1984   Designers’ Art – Australian Design Centre, The Rocks, Sydney
1981   Canberra Times Art Award – finalist

Representation History
2013-2016   Platform72 gallery, Sydney (Note: I have ceased representation with P72 gallery from April 2016)
2009-2016   Aarwun Gallery, Canberra
2011-2013   Bonnefin Gallery, Sydney
2008-2011   Hat Hill Gallery, Blackheath, NSW
2005-2010   Richard Martin Art, Woollhara, Sydney
1990-1995   Corporate art commissions and designs for Art Incorporate, Sydney
1987-1990   Consignment representation: Barry Stern Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
1990   Represented at the International Master Print Fair, Sydney
1987   Represented at New York Poster Expo

Conisgnments and other listings
2016   Established for Design (Interiors store, Melbourne) – works on paper
Current – artwork listings in Etsy and Pinterest

Collections / Display
Represented in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas, including; Novotel Sydney, Brisbane Casino, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Sultan of Brunei commissioned artworks (through Art Incorporate).

I have produced a number of self-published books, currently viewable and available online: The Life Drawing Class; Landscapes 1; Go Figure 1-5; Skullz – viewable via

Study/work background
1975-81  Studied Architecture in Sydney, then in Canberra – B.Arch
1981       Recipient of RAIA/CCAE medallion
1982-83  Part-time lecturer in architectural rendering – CCAE, Canberra
1981-91  Worked as an architect/designer and graphic artist
1991       Formed a graphic design partnership – Kirk Palmer Design, Sydney

My artworks and designs have been reproduced for greeting cards, wine labels, tableware, rugs, and fine-art posters.