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Self-portrait with badges, oil on canvas, 40x40cm, 2008. Private collection.

Self-portrait with badges, oil on canvas, 40x40cm, 2008. Private collection.

Stephen Palmer makes paintings, drawings and screen prints that catalogue everyday items from a personal collection of usually ‘free’ or ‘found’ objects – matchboxes collected in pubs, pens that have been sent through the post by charities and credit card companies, and sugar sachets collected as mementos of trips to places far and wide. The paintings present these objects in small groups and leave the viewer to create connections between the items depicted. The objects depicted often feature designs and logos that add to their purpose and functionality, sometimes in themselves miniature works of art that create allusions to long distant shores or remarkable feats of creativity, political power and design.

Contact: stephen[at]stephenpalmer[dot]org[dot]uk

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