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Michael A. Palmer

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(1942 -   )

Michael A. Palmer


Michael Palmer has lived and worked in Key West for most of the last two decades, and also spends time in Maine. Having painted professionally for 42 years, his work is well collected both here and abroad. Mr. Palmer is listed in the prestigious "Who's Who in Art." He has exhibited in many museum shows, art centers and fine galleries throughout the United States and Canada and his paintings are part of several museums' permanent collections. Collectors and critics alike have given his art much praise and serious attention.

Many of Palmer's works have an abstract quality that makes them intriguing. He depicts rooftops, narrow streets, bird's eye views of cityscapes or people going about their everyday business with an unmistakable architectural approach. Over time, his emphasis has been put more on form and design and less on content and narrative. The architectural pieces are wonderful studies in perspective, shadow effects, horizontal and vertical lines and broken geometrical shapes, always in a deliberately subtle color palette.

Michael is known for systematically combining paint and ink: although admits that he often begins a painting without any preconceived plan. However, he always finishes it with minute drawings in ink.



University of Kentucky                                  University of Hawaii        
University of Kansas City                              University of New Hampshire, BFA 1970

Solo Exhibitions

Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL 1997 through 2013
Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA 2011 through 2013
Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA 2009, 2011, 2013
Hawthorn Gallery, Alabama 2008, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2001
Button Gallery, Michigan 1999 – through 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009
Polonaise Gallery, Woodstock, VT 1998 through 2004
Van Ward Gallery, Maine 1998, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2011
Arts Exclusive, Simsbury, CT 1997 through 2010, 2008, 2006, 2002, 1995, 1993, 1988, 1977
Lane Gallery, Key West, FL 1993, 1992, 1991
PS Galleries, Ogunquit, ME 1992, 1990, 1988, 1986, 1982
Spartansburg Art Center, Spartansburg, SC 1986
PS Galleries, Dallas, TX 1992, 1988, 1986, 1985 1983, 1981
ELCA London Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada 1986, 1984,1983, 1981, 1978
Heirloom House, Dallas, TX 1984, 1982, 1978, 1976
Mickelson Gallery, Washington, DC 1984, 1982, 1978
Hobe Sound Galleries, Hobe Sound, FL 1981, 1977, 1975, 1974, 1973
Treat Gallery, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 1975, 1972
Shore Gallery, Boston, MA 1975, 1972
Elliot Museum, Stuart, FL 1975
Ogunquit Gallery, Ogunquit, ME 1976, 1974, 1973, 1971

Group & Juried Exhibitions

Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME 1994, 2013
Blue Spriral, Asheville, NC 2008
Greenhut Gallery, ME 2010
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL 2009
Ogunquit Art Association, Annual, Ogunquit, ME 1971 through 2003
Evansville Museum of Arts & Sciences, Evansville, IN 1995, 1998
Key West Art & Historical Museum, 1995, 2009
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 1993
East Martello Museum, Key West, FL 1988, 1991, 1993
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME 1976,1979,1980,1981
Ogunquit Museum of Modern Art, ME 1975,78,1985 - 2004, 08 (Two Purchases for Perm Collection)
1st International Bankers Art Collection, 1978 (Best in Show Award)
DeCordova Museum of American Art, Lincoln, MA 1976 (Purchase Award), 1980
American Painters in Paris, France 1976
Addison Museum of Art, Andover, MA: 1980, ’76 Maine Artists, 1976 (Traveling Exhibition U.S.),
“Young New England Artists,” 1975
XX    International Drawing & Small Sculpture Exhibition, Ball State College, Muncie, IN 1973
XXII  National Society of Painters in Cassein & Acrylic, NY 1973,1974 (Morton Shur Memorial Award)
XXIV Artists in Cassein & Acrylic, NY 1973,1974 (Morton Shur Memorial Award), 1978
XXI American Drawing Biennial, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA 1972
1st Annual Drawing Society, High Museum, Atlanta, GA


Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL                         Gallery M, Denver
Arts Exclusive Gallery, Simsbury, CT                                  Bowersock Gallery, MA       
Soprafina Gallery, Boston                                                     Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME
Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta

Related Affiliations

Board of Directors, Monroe County Art & Historical Soc, Key West, Collections Chairman 1993-1996
Ogunquit Art Association, Ogunquit, ME, President
Part time Instructor, UNH
Former Owner, PS Galleries, Key West, ME, Dallas

Public Collections

Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA                            U. S. Embassy, Moscow, Russia
Key West Museum of Art and History, Key West      DeCordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA                                                                                 
Colby College Museum, Waterville, ME                      University of Maine, Orono, ME
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME   University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Addison Museum, Andover, MA                                 

Private Collections

National Commerce Bank, Hartford, CT                      International Bankers Art Collection, Orlando, FL
Consumers National Bank, Fort Worth, TX                 Preston State Bank, Dallas, TX
Aetna Insurance, Hartford, CT                                     Hartford Life, Hartford, CT
Bristol, Myers, Squibb                                                 Searle Pharmaceuticals
The Rockefeller Family Collections                           Estate of the Honorable Edmund S. Muskie
The Gertrude Mellon Collection                                 The William Mellon Collection
Bill Cosby                                                                     Danny DeVito
Marc Jacobs                                                                 N. Trevisano


“Maine Remembered” (cover & chapter #7) by Betty Joyce1993, 1994
Southern Living by J. Mellichamp January 1969
Art Visions Magazine July 1981
Who’s Who in Art 1982
Better Homes & Garden January 1985
Key West Citizen Newspaper 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Solares Hill Newspaper1998 through 2004
Miami Herald 2000 through 2004
L’Attitudes 2000 through 2004
Art Business News 2004
Art World News 2004



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