Born in Hampshire in 1964, Duncan Palmar had a love of painting and drawing from a young age, claiming at school he could try and find any excuse he could to go to the art room. Selling his first pieces of work to fund driving lessons, he would paint people’s homes before approaching them to see if they would like to buy his work.
Although recognising his talent, Palmar’s parent discouraged a career in art believing it would be impossible to make a living from. Despite this, Palmar followed his dream of becoming a professional atist at the age of 19, and his efforts quickly culminated in success, with his first solo exhibition within a year. This success hasn’t slowed, going on to have several sell-out exhibitions and an ever increasing following.
Inspired by the Newlyn School of Artists, Palmars distinctive representational paintings capture texture, light and atmosphere with seeming effortlessness. He frequently takes English landscapes and coasts as his subjects, and is particularly inspired by the sea with its diverse movements, rhythms and space.
Working today from his home in Surrey, Palmar feels “very privileged to paint every day, and am determined to continue for as long as I can.”
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