Expressionism is the deliberate distortion of images to emphasize an underlying truth. It has occurred in western art since the days of El Greco in the 1600s and as recently in New Zealand as in the paintings of Tony Fomison.
Terry Palmer’s work follows this style. It is not realistic in line and execution, but by distortion shows the underlying suffering that is present in much of the human condition. Not that she wishes to celebrate suffering but to isolate it to let us understand more of the human condition.
Terry Palmer was born in Queensland and came to New Zealand at an early age. She has been painting for some years now and her work hangs in several private collections. She has been awarded the Patron’s Award at the annual Fisher exhibition in 2001 and 2002. She has also won the Jack McClure Memorial award at the Pumphouse exhibition in 2002.
This is her first solo exhibition.
→ Terry Palmer: Works, 2004, exhibition card