By E.M. Fredric
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - 05/16/2019 – David Palmer returned to the bi-annual Beverly Hills Art show returns this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 9439 Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Gardens Park on May 18th and 19th. at booth #366. The Beverly Hills Art Show is one of the largest and most respected outdoor shows on the west coast, attracting artists from all over the country and some of L.A.’s finest. There’s outdoor dining areas, wine & beer gardens, elegant music & artist demonstrations among the mixed art forms presented. Former tunesmith, David Palmer has new images of “New Jersey Diners 1963” and “Habitat” amongst his Romantic Realism and Landscape artwork.
This is my friend, David Palmer, a burgeoning artist, on his life, art and life’s changes:
When and why did you start photography and leave music? And was it a difficult choice?
The music “business” was too much business and not enough music that I could relate to. Everything sounded cookie-cutter to me. So, one day I picked up a camera and the creative buzz began at once – it was not a difficult choice at all. I went where the passion was.
What are the Lost Demos?
DP: These tunes were recorded over a period of years from the early 80’s until I gave up the musical ghost sometime in 1997.
David Palmer Images
Who was your mentor?
DP: Two mentors. Owen Roizman for his knowledge of lighting and Joel Grimes also for his knowledge of lighting and for his generosity of spirit – and his images spoke to Me.
How many years have you been in the Beverly Hills Show? Accolades?
DP: This is my 4th show and my second show was a blue ribbon and third was honorable mention.
What places have you traveled for backgrounds have you enjoyed the most and why?
DP: Vietnam to Joshua Tree to North New Jersey for my diners – each place has its own magic – but I love New York and the desert because everything is a possibility.
What is your process in figuring out the next project? Like Diners or Victorians or the short-lived Banquet Series? Your collection is growing…
DP: I have no idea how they come. But the location often suggests the scenario. Lafayette Graveyard for “The Mourners” and seeing Hockney’s pools inspired “Infinity Pool”.
You’re a Jersey guy what kind of background had you leap into rock ‘n roll and end up with Steely Dan?
DP: I got into bands because I could sing and I wasn’t much of a jock or an academic and it was a great way to get girls. The biggest audience I sang for was NOT with the Dan but another group called Wha Koo that I was a member of – it was on the steps of The Sydney Opera House in front of 60 thousand fans. The favored songs were Dirty Work and Jazzman. One I sang and one I co-wrote and they’re faves because they allow me to do what I love now.
Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work”
Songs always brings us to place, time, feeling, hitting so many of our senses, how do you feel an image matches up in arousing that type of feeling?
DP: It hits me just as hard but I’m a very visual cat.
Why romantic realism?
DP: I like to think of it as the digital equivalent of “Magical Realism”… where your senses tell you that something’s a little off… something not quite “real” there.
Carole King Sings JAZZMAN
What inspires you to keep going and what do you plan to achieve in goals of projects or an overall vision of you as photographer/artist?
DP: What inspires me to keep going is the passion for the process.
Palmer’s love of travel – of both new and old things – makes for mesmerizing playgrounds and homes to the characters who inhabit them. David is easy to talk to and he’s happy to sign for you unless you’ve pre-ordered and are there for pick-ups.
*Update: David Palmer sold some art, won a blue ribbon and has now moved his art to reside with him – in Charlotte, North Carolina. There’ll be a new Southern man in town.
Los Angeles will miss you and so will I - but I’m sure Charlotte will be a rich canvas in creating more art.
You can both view/buy his art and listen to some songs from his Lost Demosseries at: DAVID PALMER IMAGES