Stephen Palmer (born 1967, Alton) lives and works in London, UK. He studied at Winchester School of Art and Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. His two-person exhibition with Roland Hicks, ‘Back Put Together It’, was at Vane in 2019, following three solo shows at the gallery since 2007. He was the subject of Vane’s solo booth presentation at VOLTA New York in 2015. His work is part of the UK Government Art Collection and is held in private collections in Europe, Australia and the USA.
Stephen Palmer’s recent paintings and drawings start from a sheet of paper that is firstly defaced then unfolded as if to make the paper good. Earlier paintings feature second-hand copies of albums by iconic male singers, the faces on the covers partially obscured by placing the record’s inner sleeves on top. Another series of drawings painstakingly transcribes newspaper clippings. The selection initially seems random, but what all the topics share is that they attract is an obsessive following.