Christian Palmer was born in London but moved around a lot. He first came to Byron Shire, Australia in 1999 where he is still based. Byron attracts many artists, writers, musicians, and people looking for an alternative lifestyle. He works from his home studio. Most of his work involves a play on words and most of his subjects are usually animals.
He likes to choose animals that have an edge about them, animals that are representative of an outsider. From this perspective, He makes sense of his own internal dialogue and the irony of the human condition.
Christian's work is a collision between the confines of an establishment fine art background (Central Saint Martins, London) and the pull of the urban contemporary street art movement with its unrestricted communication and interaction through public spaces. Palmer’s also risen in the global urban art scene kicked off following group exhibitions with street artists including Banksy and T.WAT to name just a few. His work is now exhibited Globally.at Lee Steer, Redsea Gallery. He had been involved with fundraisers for conservation projects collaborating with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors as well as ‘Let Elephants Be Elephants’ (LEBE) working to stop the ivory trade.
Christian Palmer embraces the urban contemporary genre from a kind of mongrel fine art perspective. His work is a culmination of many years in the creative arts ranging from graphics and illustration to painting and stencil art. Current work has been influenced by the street art movement, the death of his dog and working with kids. It is from the vantage point of an outsider he reflects on our preconceptions and poses questions about the human condition. Canvas, wood, streetscapes and screenprints are all used to communicate lyrical artworks, using a child's writing, the most elementary graffiti.