My work seeks to explore the nature of humanity and to express the inherent complexity and mystery of our relationships to the world we live in and to each other. I invent scenarios that can be thought of as puzzles with no right or wrong solutions—puzzles that are analogous to the changing and perpetually unresolved nature of life itself. Inspired by Surrealist painters like Salvador Dali and Remedios Varo, 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. I am interested in expressing our most essential, timeless, human qualities while celebrating the strange, the incomprehensible, and the uncertainty of life.
Avery Palmer was born and raised in Humboldt County, California. He studied art at Humboldt State University until 2010, when he moved to San Jose, California, where he continued his studies at San Jose State University. He earned his MFA there in 2013 and has since been based in San Jose. He has worked extensively in drawing, ceramic sculpture, and oil painting.