On Track in artsdiary.co.nz

Sunday, November 21st, 2021

Photographic documentation of On Track at Föenander Galleries, November 2021 View on artsdiary.co.nz

New Zealand Arts Review by John Daly-Peoples

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Neal Palmer captures the drama of the New Zealand bush and endangered kauri: On Track, Foenander Gallery, Mt Eden14 November – 02 December Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples In 2018 Neal Palmer was the inaugural artist for the Karekare House residency provided by the Eden Arts Trust. He has previously exhibited work from this period which he […]

Q&A with Neal Palmer – Föenander Galleries, Auckland

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

What is this big beautiful painting? (featured in above image)Tane Moana (Te Araroa) is a 4 panel piece, a tad shy of 2m sq.  It’s an image of the largest Kauri on Northland’s east coast. The tree’s name is Tane Moana and it’s on the Te Araroa track near Tutukaka. There is a boardwalk right up […]

On Track opening soon at Föenander

Sunday, October 31st, 2021

My title ‘On Track’ is at the same time a statement, a description and a question. As a description the paintings in ‘On Track’ are a development from work I started during an art residency at Karekare House in 2018, for which my proposal was to explore and visually respond to walking and running the […]

Formal Roots exhibition features the Magnolia, Bay Buzz

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Formal Roots at Muse

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

‘Formal Roots’ opens on Sunday 8th August 2021 at Muse Gallery, Havelock North.

Thorny Issues opening soon

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Leaving the studio, heading to Föenander Galleries in Mt Eden for Thorny Issues exhibition opening on Thursday 15th October, from 6pm.

Portrait of a journey

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Portrait of a journey ‘Tãmaki Estuary, Panmure-Õtãhuhu’ 2.5.2020 This short film is an element of my ‘Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2020’ competition entry, which has been accepted for the finalists exhibition starting on the 4 July at Uxbridge Arts & Culture Exhibition of Finalists: Saturday 4 July until Sunday 31 August at Uxbridge Malcolm […]

Flora & Fauna, Foenander Gallery

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Flora & Fauna, Foenander Gallery Depictions of Flora and Fauna have been some of the most constant subjects of art since the first Palaeolithic cave paintings more than 440,000 years ago. Plants, creatures and the ecosystems they create, have continued to be depicted and reinterpreted in various styles throughout history, with their significance changing over time. This exhibition takes a fresh look at […]

Somewhere In-Between, London

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Central Thread, 3 October to 21 October

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

‘Central Thread’ sees mark making remain the foundation from which the artist builds.  Palmer’s paintings present botanical imagery exploded in scale, yet despite this shift in scale, these works are surprisingly intimate, seducing us with their geometry and lush sensuality.    Upscaled, the sculpture-like forms of our native fauna become all-enveloping.  Up close, texture and line assume […]

Finalist, Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2019, Uxbridge Arts & Culture

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Finalist, Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2019, Uxbridge Arts & Culture The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. 

Signs & Impressions, 13 June to 10 July

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Muse Gallery: We are delighted to welcome back Neal Palmer who returns to Muse with a second spectacular show, “Signs & Impressions”. This new body of work is a major departure in style from his usual hyperrealist botanical paintings. They represent a further development of ideas explored during his recent Eden Arts Trust ‘Karekare House’ residency. Palmer, the […]

Beijing Bound

Friday, May 10th, 2019

‘Changing Beauty’ and ‘River Gold’ on their way to the New Zealand Special Exhibition at the 2019 Beijing International Art Biennale to be held at the National Art Museum of China, August – September 2019.

Pah Homestead/Wallace Arts Trust, The First Karekare Residency Exhibition

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Art News, The First Karekare Residency Exhibition

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

The First Karekare Residency artists as featured in Art News (Krystie Wade, John Horner, Nicholas Pound and myself) are exhibiting at Pah Homestead. Our exhibition opens Monday 10th December at 6pm. Thanks to Karekare House, Eden Arts and the Wallace Arts Trust.

Twenty Two review, NBR

Friday, October 26th, 2018

‘Twenty Two’ exhibition – NKB Gallery, Auckland – 18 October to 6 November

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Floral Evolution – February to March 2018, Muse, Havelock North

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Floral Evolution Tuesday, 27th February 2018 – Monday, 26th March 2018 Muse, 5 Havelock Road, Havelock North

Karekare Residency March – April 2018

Saturday, February 10th, 2018


Midas Touch – October to November, NKB Auckland

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The gilded touch – Art News New Zealand, Spring 2017

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

A curiosity for the environment and Greek mythology inspires an Auckland exhibition.

Image & Imagination, China/New Zealand Art Exhibition – March 2017

Monday, March 13th, 2017

NZ Horse & Pony Magazine – November 2016

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

‘From the Outside’ Auckland painter Neal Palmer has strayed into new territory with his latest exhibition ‘Horsing Around’ which features thoroughbreds from the Karaka Sales…                

Horsing Around – October to November, NKB Auckland

Friday, October 14th, 2016

                View the exhibiton online here

Reflections on Form – April to May, Queenstown

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

I’ll be in the Queenstown gallery all day on Saturday 30th April if anyone wants to call in while I’m there… View the exhibition online here.

The Flower Show at The Vivian, Matakana – March/April 2016

Friday, February 26th, 2016


Sunday Star Times – Gilding the Pohutukawa

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Eleanor Black visited the studio for a gilding lesson and promo for my upcoming show – Complex Rhythms at nkb Gallery, Mt Eden (October-November 2015) Article and video here        

High Hopes at The Vivian A&P Show until end August

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The Big Egg Hunt NZ, 2015

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

My contribution to this years Big Egg Hunt – Ring ‘o’ Ring ‘o’ Roses, fundraising for Starship Foundation.  The eggs are on display in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and for sale on Trademe. Here’s a video of me producing the egg.  Happy hunting.      

From the studio

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

New work: The magnolia, Phoebe, is for NKB’s Tangled Up In Blue  (now on) along with a smaller work called Sweet Jane. The flax are headed south to Milford Galleries for their upcoming exhibition.

New work – From strength and nourishment…

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

From strength and nourishment within the Diaspora new shoots of Tangata Whenua grow Acrylic and aluminium leaf on board 1555 x 1220mm at NKB Gallery  

New work – Routeburn

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Acrylic on board 547 x 904mm at Milford Galleries

Video – Egg #62

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The egg, from start to finish: For the Love of It video  

The Big Egg Hunt NZ

Friday, March 21st, 2014

My egg for #BigEggHuntNZ For the Love of It, Egg #62  

Silver Linings, NKB Gallery, Mt Eden, opens 24th October 2013

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Wallace Art Awards 2013

Friday, September 6th, 2013

I was pleased to be among the finalists of this years Wallace Awards.  Congratulations to all the winners, especially Sam Foley. The public opening will be held on Tuesday 10th September at Pah Homestead.  I recommend it – there’s some great work on show.      

Return Journeys, Milford Galleries Queenstown, May 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Opening preview 4.30pm Saturday 4th May. Exhibition runs until 29th May.

Artist in Residence, Minaret Lodge Wanaka

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

I’m heading to Wanaka as Artist in Residence from 3rd April – 17th April at Minaret Lodge.  If you’re going to be in the vicinity call in – its an open studio. The Art in the Park event will take place on Saturday 13th April in the park like grounds of Minaret Lodge, Wanaka. Local […]


Friday, October 26th, 2012

A series of prints chosen from just a few of my favourite pieces over the years plus the first in a series of digital artworks are now available. These are all limited editions produced using Vivera archival inks on Hahneműhle cotton rag matte 308gsm fine art paper. Selections of these (framed and unframed) are in […]

The Review, Milford Galleries Queenstown

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The Review at Milford Galleries, Queenstown From 30th June to 22nd August 2012 – catalogue online

Off the Wall: World of Wearable Art Award Close Up

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Off the Wall: World of Wearable Art Award Close Up opened at Southland Museum over Easter. This piece is by Ruth Carlile of Nelson, called Harakeke. Touring: Southland Museum, Invercargill: 6 April – 17 June 2012 Otago Museum, Dunedin: 30 June – 28 October 2012 Rotorua Museum: 10 November 2012 – 10 February 2013 Waikato […]

Tongue & Garrett Pop-Up Gallery opens Thursday, 17th November

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Luminance, 22nd October – 16th November 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Luminance is at Milford Galleries, Queenstown Catalogue and pricelist available online here.

The Royal Queenstown Easter Show, 9th April – 1st June 2011

Monday, April 4th, 2011

At Milford Galleries, Queenstown from 9th April – 1st June 2011 The Royal Queenstown Easter Show is now firmly established as an important annual overview of the depth, breadth and extraordinary achievements characterising contemporary NZ art. The RQES contains significant paintings, glass, photography and sculpture. There are new paintings by Mike Petre, compelling works from […]

White Night at Whitespace – 12th March 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Opera and Paintings: see video.

Artists in Eden, Saturday 19th March 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011

‘Splash’ exhibition opens Tuesday 8th March at Whitespace

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Tondo Works

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

New works recently completed – MG5 and MG6.  I showed these paintings to students at Auckland’s Balmoral School when I spent three days with them during their arts festival.  I had a really good response from the kids and parents alike.  It was a lot of fun and heartening to see the number of kids […]

Latest Works

Monday, August 30th, 2010

‘Snakes & Ladders’ 1600mm x 1970mm ‘Viridian Trajectory’ 1600mm x 2255mm On the studio wall, awaiting stretching and freighting to Milford Galleries.

Splash – My City previews Tuesday 31st August 2010

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Splash, acrylic on canvas, 1525mm x 1525mm My City opens at Whitespace, 12 Crummer Road, Ponsonby Preview Tuesday 31st August 5.30pm – 7.30pm Exhibition runs until 25th September 2010 Artists include: Nigel Brown, Graham Bennett, Virginia King, Neal Palmer, Garry Currin, Greer Twiss, David Ryan, Locust Jones, Philip Trusttum & Mary McIntyre. Visit Whitespace website […]

My City – group show, Whitespace, August 31st – September 25th 2010

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

‘MY CITY’ August 31st – September 25th 2010 opening preview 5.30-7.30pm, Tuesday 31st August Whitespace, 12 Crummer Road, Ponsonby, Auckland Selected artists respond to the ideas of a single city that involves diverse themes, including: public consultation; heritage, memory and history; the built environment; parks and public space; and social communication. Artists include: Nigel Brown, […]

Putiputi Floortalk and Workshop, Hastings City Art Gallery – Sat/Sun 24th/25th July

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Just a reminder of the Director/Curator Floortalk FREE to the public this Saturday at 1pm, and Te Kaahurangi Maioha’s FREE Harakeke/PutiPuti: Flax Weaving Workshop at 1pm on Sunday.

Woven Paths Exhibition Catalogue

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

A full catalogue (including price list) for the Woven Paths exhibition (12th June – 7th July) at Milford Galleries, Queenstown is now available. Visit the Milford website to view the catalogue online. Artist’s statement – ‘Stories we tell ourselves’*.  We all do this to justify and locate ourselves in our chosen environments. My story is […]

Putiputi: Hastings City Art Gallery (10th July – 26th September)

Friday, May 21st, 2010

PUTIPUTI: The Flower in Contemporary New Zealand Art will showcase current practise across all mediums: painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, photography, glass, jewellery, ceramic, applied art, design and installation.

Woven Paths Exhibition – Milford Galleries, Queenstown (12th June – 7th July)

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

NEAL PALMER – ‘Woven Paths’ June 12th –  July 7th 2010 opening 5 pm, Friday June 11th Milford Galleries, 9A Earl Street, Queenstown Using flax as his starting point, Neal experiments with different moods created by colour and scale. “Woven Paths” is a collection of flax works, both flowers and leaves, in a variety of […]

Braveheart (28th – 30th May)

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

‘Flowers for the Brave’ and ‘Shades of Grey’ will be in the Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition ASB Showgrounds, Auckland, 28th – 30th May 2010.