The materials I have chosen to use serve my purpose because of the blatant and emotionally charged response they evoke. These mediums already have a strong mental imagery that is attached to them. Around the world they are still used to either help build dreams or destroy the dreamers. My hope is that you will feel the emotion attached to the medium and then see the possibility that can arise from choosing to create rather than destroy.It is my belief that most of mans’ loftiest pioneering endeavors are hard to manifest and the surface of my art is as hard as the matter. I feel it is fitting that I have used the heat of a torch to bring about the shadows of lines and furrows seen in the faces at hand.The heat of the torch reminded me of purifying strength that is forged by fire while simultaneously illuminating altruistic philosophies and new concepts. The individual’s I have chosen are a testimony to the fact that man’s loftiest endeavors are often brought about at a cost that is high.
Throughout history art has been used as a weapon of war, so it seemed fitting to take a weapon of war and make it art. The “Fallen Heroes ” series, Abraham Lincoln , JFK, John Lennon and Gandhi all have one thing in common, In their effort to unite people, they all paid the ultimate price.
David S. Palmer, a contemporary artist, born in Knox Indiana, in the year 1953. Studied fine art at Ball State University. In 1976 Palmer moved to Laguna Bch Calif. where his friends would say he lived the life of a true underground artist. His creations are a testimony to the fact that he is also a talented and seasoned artist that has an extremely cutting edge perspective.
The pieces created in this series consist of mixed media, contemporary in appearance and is as much a sculpture as it is a painting. It is three dimensional. His present work embraces a topic that is as old as the dawning of man.