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Simon Palmer

Simon Palmer


Simon Palmer works mainly in watercolour and is widely recognised as one of Britain's finest landscape artists. Simon was born in 1956 in South Yorkshire but it was in Reigate, Surrey where he studied at Reigate Art College focusing on illustration and graphic design where he was mentored by illustrator and watercolour artist Earnest Boye Uden. It was Uden who encouraged Palmer to use watercolour to depict his landscapes. Simon initially chose the nearby landscapes of Kent for his subjects but later returned to Yorkshire where he continues to live and work incorporating people and place in their surroundings for his subject matter.

Simon has shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; the Crane Kalman Gallery, London; at Glyndbourne Festival Opera Exhibition, and the National Trust Centenary Exhibition, and a retrospective was held at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate. In 2007 Palmer won the Winsor and Newton Prize for best watercolour at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Simon's landscapes incorporate both narrative and detail in their representation. Pen and ink are used precisely to capture minute details such as a leaf or twig on an oak tree giving accurate composition; detail that is part of yet sits alongside an often purposeful, sometimes whimsical narrative that incorporates people going about their everyday movements; walking, cycling, working and so on taking place amongst the roads, lanes and hedgeroads of an archetypal portrayal of a certain type of England. The result is a landscape depicting a reality that somehow allows for a more fluid social construction of a rural idyllic Yorkshire.

'View from a Canal Bridge' by Simon Palmer (A700)


'View from a Canal Bridge' by Simon Palmer (A700)

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Greeting card reproduced from a watercolour by Simon Palmer. 140 x 170mm with grey craft paper envelope. Recycled and/or FSC approved materials. Biodegradeable packaging. Published by Art Angels.

Price: 2.45

'Planting Snowdrops' by Simon Palmer (A675w)


'Planting Snowdrops' by Simon Palmer (A675w)

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Greeting card reproduced from a watercolour by Simon Palmer. 140 x 170mm with grey craft paper envelope. Recycled and/or FSC approved materials. Biodegradeable packaging. Published by Art Angels.

Price: 2.45

'The Pilgrim's Way, 1977' by Simon Palmer (A133)


'The Pilgrim's Way, 1977' by Simon Palmer (A133)

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Greeting card reproduced from an original by Simon Palmer. 140 x 170mm with grey craft paper envelope. Recycled and/or FSC approved materials. Biodegradeable packaging. Published by Art Angels.

Price: 2.45

'Cycling Home' by Simon Palmer (A378)


'Cycling Home' by Simon Palmer (A378)

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Greeting card reproduced from an original by Simon Palmer. 140 x 170mm with grey craft paper envelope. Recycled and/or FSC approved materials. Biodegradeable packaging. Published by Art Angels.

Price: 2.45


Simon Palmer Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

Limited edition highest quality Giclée Prints, hand-numbered and hand-embossed. These are modern Giclée reproduction editions of original paintingd. Images protected by Bookroom Art Press.

Publisher - Bookroom Art Press. Recognized as one of the finest print publishers in the UK. Winner of Digital Printer of the Year 2014. Process: Giclée process to create limited edition prints - high resolution, high-fidelity process considerably surpassing in the quality of photo-lithographically produced images. Poduced to the highest of Fine Art Trade Guild Standards using 310gsm thick acid free rag, 100% cotton. The pigments are archival eight-colour Ultra-Chrome.

Framed and/or Mounted option - Mounted using plain white ph neutral conservation board. We frame specifically for your needs. Our standard and preferred frame is a plain oak with a square profile. Please enquire if you would like further details.

 'East of Eden' by Simon Palmer (Print)


'East of Eden' by Simon Palmer (Print)

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Image Size: 515mm x 490mm (image size does not include paper border, mount and frame) Format: Giclée Print, [ed. size 850] on 310gsm thick 100% cotton rag. Hand-numbered and hand-embossed. Price: £225.00.

Watercolour on paper, (1998). Original size: 63.5 x 60.0 cm. This is Yorkshire: dry-stone walls; a small up-hill down-dale lane, and at the forefront a traveller’s stump, a place to rest a while. And the sun shines strong: short shadows edge the base of the trees and the nether side of the walls. And all is in leaf, nature in full and glorious abundance. (source: BookroomArtPress)

Price: 225.00

 'Cycling Home' by Simon Palmer (Print)


'Cycling Home' by Simon Palmer (Print)

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Image Size: 545mm x 485mm (image size does not include paper border, mount and frame) Format: Giclée Print, [ed. size 850] on 310gsm thick 100% cotton rag. Hand-numbered and hand-embossed. Price: £225.00.

Watercolour, ink and gouache on paper, (1996). Original size: 66.0 x 59.5cm. This, in many ways, is quintessential Palmer and the depiction of an enchanting journey. We are Cycling Home and past a country junction. There’s a classic red ‘low bridge’ sign; a swooping delve and then the road ahead, edged by hedges and tall trees. And the light is that of a sun low in the horizon, low enough to cast shadows across the landscape through which the cyclist travels. (source: BookroomArtPress)

Price: 225.00

 'The Pilgrim's Way' by Simon Palmer (Print)


'The Pilgrim's Way' by Simon Palmer (Print)

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Image Size: 560mm x 400mm (image size does not include paper border, mount and frame) Format: Giclée Print, [ed. size 850] on 310gsm thick 100% cotton rag. Hand-numbered and hand-embossed. Price: £225.00.

Watercolour on paper. Original size: 88.3 x 65.0 cm. As so often in Palmer’s work the narrative is strong: pilgrims walk along a path between trees, through a wood, and towards a church. But this is not necessarily doctrinal imagery the church, the path, the wood, the book but something universal: life’s ways; life’s travails; the need for rest before continuing; the need for a guide book, green as the surrounding fields, from which to seek direction. It is late summer, early autumn the hay is still in the fields, and there’s light suffusing the picture from a sun low on a distant horizon. (source: BookroomArtPress)

Price: 225.00

 'The Wesleyan Chapel' by Simon Palmer (Print)


'The Wesleyan Chapel' by Simon Palmer (Print)

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Image Size: 600mm x 450mm (image size does not include paper border, mount and frame) Format: Giclée Print, [ed. size 850] on 310gsm thick 100% cotton rag. Hand-numbered and hand-embossed. Price: £225.00.

Watercolour on paper. Snow, deep and crisp and even, and there’s a preternatural light, such as you experience when snow has newly fallen. As in so many of Palmer’s pictures, there’s a road, curving towards some unspecified destination, past the Wesleyan Chapel and towards, perhaps, the inviting yellow house, so central within the picture. An exquisite capturing, seen through a thicket of winter branches, of a Yorkshire winter scene. (source: BookroomArtPress)

Price: 225.00