The 2011 recipient of the Tautai Trust Art Residency in Auckland, New Zealand, Selwyn Palmer is one of Solomon’s up and coming artists.
Best described as laid back and quietly spoken the same cannot be said about Palmer’s art. His use of bold colours and brush strokes combined with his emerging trademark of working wires onto his canvases has resulted in some arresting paintings.
Palmer of Renbel Province, is one of the artists that has been fortunate to have had opportunities, to take part in exhibitions hosted at the Queensland University of Technology Workshop (Visual Art), the Art & Culture Semarandana Art Centre, Bali, Indonesia and Waitakere Art Gallery, to name a few. Experiences that have seen him evolve his style with greater confidence.
Like fellow artist Pugeva, Palmer has been able to make a modest living out of commissions, paintings done for organizations like SKM, Heritage Park Hotel and Kalala House. But like all Solomon Islands artists without regular exhibitions and outlets, he also experiences the limitations of not being able to sell or get work regularly, throughout the year.