"...like Rosenquist, Lichtenstein, and others over the past half-century who have painted the visual racket of a consumer society, Palmer manifests not so much a love-hate relationship with the modern condition of image assault as an awe at its immensity and the thoroughness of its presence in our consciousness."  - Peter Frank


David Palmer: You Are Here, a 90-second film by Jeffrey Pedersen and Peter West



DAVID PALMER's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US, and appears in numerous public and private collections. He is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, an Artist's Grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and a residency at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. He has also created digital effects for over a dozen feature films, including The Polar Express, Spider-Man 3, and the first Harry Potter movie. He lives and works in Los Angeles.




born in Syracuse, New York
lives and works in Los Angeles


"You Are Here," Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena, CA, 2015
      Art in the Arthouse series, curator: Joshua Elias
"walkabout (talkabout), William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2011
"forever almost falling," William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2007
"David Palmer; The Flatlands Series," Gannon Gallery, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND, 2004
"Flatlands," William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2003
"American Dreams; Paintings by David Palmer," Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, 2001
"American Dreams," Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2001
"David Palmer; Paintings," Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, 2001


"Sweet Art Invitational," Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA, February 2017
"Sweet 16," Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
      juried by Andi Campognone
"Interior Design Show," (with ROLLOUT) Toronto, ON, Canada, 2016
"Taste," Montserrat, Los Angeles, CA, 2015
      curated by Antoinette Adams and Sionnan Hillier
"Ode to The Bridge," Art Share LA / Dale Youngman Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2015
"West of Lincoln Summer Pop-Up." Hamilton Galleries, Santa Monica, CA, 2015
"18is25," 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA, 2014
"Themes and Variations: New Abstraction in Los Angeles," Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
      curator: Kristina Newhouse, 2007
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, 2006
"Pattern & Practice," William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (three-person show) 2005
"Line and Color," Mount Saint Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA
      curator: Irina Costache, 2005
Lantana, Los Angeles, CA (two-person show) 2004
"The Human Revealed," West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ, 2003
"People in Context," Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR, 2002
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OR (two-person show) 2001
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, invitational, 2001
Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA (three-person show) 2000
"Autobiography," Appleton Art Center, Appleton, WI, 2000


Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera, CA
Biogen Idec, Cambridge, MA
The Gas Company, Los Angeles, CA
PNC Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Gerrity Oil and Gas, Denver, CO
Horvitz and Levy, LLP, Encino, CA
Montana Artists Agency, Santa Monica, CA
Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA), Los Angeles, CA


MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BA, University of Florida, Gainesville


Residency. 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
Residency. The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Finalist. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Portfolio Calendar Competition
Corporate Collectors Project. Western States Arts Federation
Honorarium. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Artist's Grant. Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

photograph of Los Angeles artist David Palmer in his studio

photo by Judith Lutz


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