Avery Palmer is a painter and sculptor from Arcata, California, born in 1983. From a young age, he was driven to express his active imagination through drawings. Inspired most notably by Surrealist painting, his figurative art presents ambiguous allegorical scenarios exploring the complex nature of the human condition, the subconscious, and the interconnectedness of all things.
Avery earned his BA in Studio Art at Humboldt State University in Arcata. He also has an MFA from San Jose State University. Enabled by his development as a draftsman, he branched out to develop his art in the areas of painting and ceramic sculpture. "Inspired by Surrealist painters like Salvador Dali and Remedios Varo," he comments, "my paintings propose an alternate view of our world in an attempt to link our everyday existence to the magic of the subconscious, the uncertain, and the mysterious. While the dreamlike imagery I am interested in can become abstract and feel removed from our reality, my interests in Rembrandt and Odd Nerdrum inspire in my work a sense of physicality that grounds it, connecting it to our real, tangible experiences."
Avery has shown his work in various galleries throughout the Bay Area including the Art Thou Gallery in Berkeley, the Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco and the Kaleid Gallery in San Jose. His ceramics and paintings have been received with great success at the SOFA Chicago Fair, and Everyday Worlds: Interiors and Exteriors, de Young Museum, San Francisco, as well as the Ceramics Annual Conference 30 Ceramic Sculptors exhibition at the Natsoulas Gallery.
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