Ann Palmer is a UK based land and seascape oil painter, creating impressionistic pictures which are representative tending towards some abstraction and expressionism
Ann has been drawing and painting from 2007; she works in OILS principally land, sky and seascapes, often working directly out of doors in front of the scene. Recently her work has developed to become larger, more abstract and expressionistic. Ann’s paintings are now often developed in the studio from her experiences en plein air, sketches and photographs, gaining inspiration from her travels in France and to the coasts of Cornwall and Normandy as well as her home county of Kent.
Ann developed her reputation as a plein air painter; working in the vineyards of the Loire Valley and around the Kent Coast where until 2017 she worked out of a beach hut in Whitstable. Ann now works from Studio One at Nucleus Arts Halpern Conservancy Building 15, High Street, Rochester, Kent; she also works from home painting in her conservatory and using her Attic Studio for preparing canvases and framing and storing her work. Currently Ann is working on a series of shoreline, sea and skyscape paintings around the Kent Coast and Cornwall.
Ann builds her own canvases using stretcher bars and 12oz cotton duck. then prime it with 3 coats of acrylic primer and/or gesso. She usually coats the canvas with turpsy red, often Indian red, sometimes Burnt Siena. When this is dry she lays out the scene with a thin coat of oil paints then building on this, firstly using a brush, then thick oil paint applied with a palette knife. The extent to which the painting is built with more impasto depends on the scene and mood. Ann’s style is impressionistic, representative tending towards some abstraction and expressionism.
Ann is working on a series of paintings depicting the beaches of Whitstable on the north coast of Kent and in Cornwall, at various times of day and year, state of the tide and weathers inspired by Ann’s experience painting on the beach. Ann has been painting in Whitstable for some 5 years, standing on the pebbly beach watching the tide ebb and flow, the morning mist across the Swale (the water which separates the Isle of Sheppey from the mainland), the light on the horizon, the clouds coming in from the west over London, and the light out to sea to the north and east. The low tide exposes sandbanks, pebbles, seafood for the gulls to seek.
Ann exhibits in Capital Arts Gallery in Eltham, Horsebridge Gallery in Whitstable, Brick Lane Gallery in East London, Elizabeth James Gallery in Croydon and York St Gallery, Ramsgate and with Gabriel Fine Arts in London. She exhibits at Art Fairs, notably the Parallax Art Fair, Talented Art Fair and East Sussex Art Fair and Roy’s People Art Fair. She also has a travelling exhibition of 10 large seascapes in oil with Little Van Gogh (www.littlevangogh.co.uk). Ann’s work is in collections across the UK and the US and this year she will be represented by Art Blend in the Joseph Gallery, Fort Lauderdale and by Art Productions, New York and by Rossocinabra Gallery in Rome and by PAKS Gallery in Austria and her work will be seen in Art Fairs in Europe and the US.
June 9-15 11am to 4pm I shall be exhibiting in the Show Off Gallery in Whitstable. Come along and see my paintings, prints and cards.June 9th to 15th I am going to be exhibiting in the Show Off Pop Up Gallery, 13 Harbour Street, Whitstable CT5 1AQ opening daily 11am till 4pm; this gallery can be found next door to White Stuff. Here again there will be some paintings on display, prints, cards and mugs. Come in and chat!
South East Open Studios! I shall be in my Studio in Rochester the first and third weekends in June when I am again participating in South East Open Studios. Come along to 1 King Edward Road, ME1 1UA Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June and Friday 16th (pm only), Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June. See where I work, paintings in progress and a selection of paintings and prints for sale. Find me on the SEOS websitehttps://www.seos-art.org/ann-palmer/
Show Off Gallery, Whitstable I am also rchibiting in Whitstable during Open Studio month. June 9-15 11am to 4pm I shall be exhibiting in the Show Off Gallery in Whitstable. Come along and see my paintings, prints and cards.June 9th to 15th I am going to be exhibiting in the Show Off Pop Up Gallery, 13 Harbour Street, Whitstable CT5 1AQ opening daily 11am till 4pm; this gallery can be found next door to White Stuff. Here again there will be some paintings on display, prints, cards and mugs. Come in and chat!
I do hope you can come to one or other of these events and look forward to seeing you again.
See Ann’s art exhibition ‘The Wild Side’ at The Horsebridge Gallery in Whitstable 12-23 April 2023 view her new series of seascape oil paintings
I am delighted to be returning to The Horsebridge in Whitstable, from Wednesday 12th to Monday 23rd April. I do hope you will be able to come and see my latest exhibition where I shall be showing my new collection of winter paintings ‘The Wild Side’ as well as some of my paintings from last year. You will also find prints, cards and mugs as well as oil paintings from 12″ x 12″ up to 80cm x 80cm .
I am delighted to have had two paintings selected for the Folkestone Art Gallery Spring Show. This will be a Group Show open from 31st March until 30th April.
FSTONE ART GALLERY is based in the heart of Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. Exhibiting the work of local artists to further afield, this unique space is spread over two floors. The top floor features small original artworks, prints, ceramics, unique mid century furniture and plants. Downstairs is a more traditional gallery space holding exhibitions with larger original artworks and sculptures.
Besides this amazing opportunity, I shall be holding my annual SOLO Show at The HORSEBRIDGE GALLERY in Whitstable. ‘The Wild Side’ runs from 11th April to 25th. My work will feature my latest paintings which are loose and exciting, focusing on the feelings and emotions evoked by the state of the tide and weathers at various times of day and year.
This gallery is in the heart of Oyster Country, the Oyster Farm is just behind the gallery and at low tide you can see the oyster beds, and men working them. Oysters are a delicacy available in local restaurants
I have three beautiful seascapes in the Nostalgia Exhibition at the Camden Image Gallery from 7th February for two weeks. Evening Drinks Reception 8th February from 6-8pm
I am delighted to announce I have three beautiful seascapes in the Nostalgia Exhibition at the Camden Image Gallery from today for two weeks. This is a group show and I am honoured to have be included in the exhibition.
There is a Drinks Reception tomorrow evening 8th February from 6-8pm you are very welcome to come along, let me know I shall be pleased to see you there.
Happy New Year everyone and thank you for your support over the past year.
2023 looks like being full of excitement as I anticipate my first attendance at the Bath Art Fair Friday 24th February (Private View) to 5pm on Sunday 26th. My stand is number 48 located in the middle of the main floor area towards the door. I look forward to meeting both past and future friends and art lovers.
Meanwhile I shall be exhibiting on the Guest Wall in the Eclectic Gallery in the Old Town, Margate March 4th to 30th
I shall be back in The Horsebridge in Whitstable Wednesday 12th April – Tuesday 25th April and The Show Off Gallery in Harbour Street, Whitstable in June (dates to be confirmed) and the Halpern Pop Gallery in Rochester 28 June – July 11
Some of my paintings continue to be available through Galleria 360 in Florence – do visit their web site.
Ann Palmer worked as a Public Health doctor for 40 years, before picking up a brush and learning how to paint. Ann is largely self taught, but learned important skills from master classes and short courses at Central St Martins and St Ives Painting School, and by observation, reading and visiting exhibitions.
Ann works in oils using brush and palette knife often producing highly textural work. She is best known for her seascapes, but is now gaining recognition for her modern landscapes.
Ann’s work is inspired by her experience standing in the seashore and the fields immersing herself in the environment, getting to know the landscape, the colours. Sketching and plein air painting are an essential part of her process.
When Ann is in the studio her memories play an important part in working up a painting; the palette knife takes over, carefully placing the colours juxtaposed with each other resulting in a more abstract form of the subject.
Ann’s work is in collections across the UK, Europe and the US; Ann exhibits in Rochester and Margate and at Art Fairs in the South East. She is represented by Gabriel Fine Arts in London, Galleria360 in Florence and Sei Arte in Turin
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