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 About the Artist

 TONY PALMER

Tony Palmer was born on 16th May 1948 in Shoreham-by-Sea on the South coast of England. He studied his 'Foundation course' at Guildford school of Art and in 1970 he graduated from the University of Sunderland with BA (Hons.) in Fine Art, painting, then gained a teacher’s certificate.

After spending 4 years teaching Art in a Secondary School in County Durham, Tony traveled in India and Sri Lanka for 8 months. On his return, he has lived and worked in Majorca & Gran Canary, Spain; Quebec, Canada; and Folkestone England before settling in Brittany for over a decade. He then moved to the Eastern Pyrenees in the Roussillon region of Southern France for 5 years. Finding it hard to earn enough in that region of France, or 'French Catalunia,'  he returned to Folkestone where he set up his studio. However, ten years passed in a flash, and he realised he was missing the sun and the healthy mountain air. If he was ever to retire from his teaching work he would have to move from England where the cost of living meant he would have to work till he dropped. So June the first he set off with his 'Lurcher dog' Sam for Ceret in the Roussion, where he had brought a mobile home. It took nearly 2 months to convert a bedroom into a studio, another into an office and spare single bedroom and now, (16/07/2014) he has finished his first picture since his return, of a harvrsting Goddess.

 Most of Tony’s work is ‘visionary’ and reflects his insights into the mysteries of Nature and the Universe. It is also influenced by his travel experiences and his affinity with the natural world. He has exhibited in the North and South of England; London; Montreal, Ottawa, Hull, (Quebec;) Palma de Majorca, (Spain;) Paris, (France;) various locations in Brittany and in the Roussillon region of Southern France; when living and working in these places.

He enjoys helping people to achieve their potential as Artists, so when he's had a suitable studio he's often had 2 or 3 students who work with him, they see how he develops his ideas and ask him for technical help or for help developing their ideas. When he lived in Palalda, outside Amelie-les-Bains, Eastern Pyrenees,  he Tutored an amateur Art Society, 'Forme et Lumiere,' in Le Bouleau, with about 25 students of all ages from 19 to 80.

 A large number of Artists have influenced Tony: The Renaissance painters, the Nazarenes, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Symbolists, Bosch, Breuegel, Durer, William Blake and Samuel Palmer, Richard Dadd, certain Surrealists notably Leonor Fini, Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst. Some na´ve painters and the British and American ‘photo-realism’ movement. He has also been influenced by many illustrators past and present.

 Tony used to teach excluded children all subjects part-time for Kent County Council, but has now retired from that to concentrate on Art.

Tony is available for Art tuition, all kinds of commissions: Fine Art or Illustration, Oil or Acrylic, Pen & Ink or Pencil. Portraits of Adults or Children traditionally posed or in fantasy situations, Pets, animals, houses. gardens, landscapes; visual expressions of other people’s  explained imaginary and fantasy scenes or dreams, as well as all kinds of illustration. Contacts from interested galleries are also welcome. Please go to Contact Details to get in touch.

 SOME PHOTOS AND BLA-BLA



 Painting 'The Green Man' in my Folkestone Studio.

I had various studios with the Creative Foundation in Folkestone when I came back from France. I have always had some students who were amateur painters whom I could help develop their styles and techniques to better fulfill their potentials. One girl who attended my Church street studio went on to Art college.
When I first lived in the Eastern Pyrenees I had a group of amateur painters in Le Boulou. They could see how I worked and developed my ideas, and ask me for technical and inspirational help when they had the need.


 I played the Jug, Kazoo and I sang in a Jug and Skiffle bandin Folkestone,  called 'Charlie Boot and the Footsloggers.' When we started out, about 2008, we got loads of Gigs, and traveled far and wide, Hastings, Thanet, London and around Folkestone & Dover area. However although we have improved greatly since those days, we get very few gigs nowadays. This is possibly due to the economic situation and pub closures, and Nic the guitarist's commitment to other bands.
We were a joyful, comedy band; people started smiling, laughing, and dancing when we played! We didn't take ourselves too seriously!
Click here to see a short video of us playing at Folkestone Amphitheater!

           


I'm a traveler, I spent 8 months backpacking in India in 1978-9, and spent 6 weeks with sadhu Om Prakash Baba in Mehrauli Village. The photo shows an Irish guy on the left, whose name I have forgotten, Ganesh the young boy, Om's son; Om on his ritual Chillum, an Italian traveler, centre, whose name have forgotten; myself back right, and Chandravatti, Om's wife. I traveled around for the eight months, using 3rd class trains, busses, rooms in families houses and cheap hotels. On my return from the Himalayas  to Delhi,  I had my passport and money stolen while I slept  on a bus. in those days it took time to  get money from UK,  so I lived with Om for 6 weeks, who shared what  food he was given by his community or travelers with me.

When I returned from India I worked for a while in London, but was culture shocked there after 8 mths in India; and I couldn't settle. I thought I'd go to Mallorca and look for crewing work on a yacht going to the Carribean or Americas. When I got to Palma I found the last yacht heading that way had left and I had to find some work; so I started teaching English as a foreign language. While living in old Palma de Mallorca I met a French Canadian lady, Lise, shown in the photo.  we fell in love and after living some years in Palma we traveled to India and visited Om, who married us in his Temple home. We traveled around India for 6 months together. We went trecking in the Himalayas, lived several weeks on a house boat in Cashmere, and a month in Ladak on the Tibetan plateau. We also visited Dharamsala, Manali and Mannikeren around that time and were in Goa for a month or so. In Rhajastan we visited Jaislemere and Pushcar among other places.
Lise became the mother of my children who we brought up in Brittany and the Eastern Pyrenees in France, where we all still live, though not together anymore; though we usually share a family meal once a week that Lise or I take turns to provide.
After traveling in India we worked for a while in England then moved to Quebec, Canada for a year and a half.
Here we lived in a cabin in the bush, 25 miles from the nearest village and with no electricity or running water. There was a well and hand pump and we used oil lamps and candles for lighting. It was a wonderful time of closeness to Nature and we enjoyed cross-country skiing and skating in the winter.
Where ever we lived for any time we always grew organically as many of our own vegetables and herbs as possible.
Unfortunately as the years passed the relationship broke down, and we separated, however we always remained and still are very good friends.
When in England we lived in Folkestone, where Kim my daughter was conceived. Kim is currently living with her mum in Amelie-les-Bains, and has a sucessful translation buasiness. My Son, Jay who was born in France, lives in Amelie also with his girlfriend Melanie; where he is a Mechanic.

The cabin in the bush 25 miles from Otter Lake, Quebec, where we spent a year and a half. Lise had built the cabin with her previous boyfriend Tom, an excellent Banjo player and Carpenter.
 In heavy Winter snow or in Spring when the track was too muddy, we had to park several miles away where there was a surfaced road. There have been many wonderful periods in my life, this was one of them, I'm sure there are more to follow! There are many tales to tell about this and other times, but I don't want to become boring with my reminiscences!


Speaking with 'Mr Bones' the eyeball seller at Folkestone's beach fun fair: 'Rotunda.'  It is sad the Rotunda was all torn down with nothing replacing it. It was one of Folkestone's few attractions and fun for the young.

Folkestone front is now reminiscent of a bomb site. The harbor still retains its charm but we are no longer able to park free there. Folkestone council have a strange attitude to  potential clients of local traders and visitors to the town, giving no welcoming free parking places.

                        To Be continued!