Art Prints and Paintings New Zealand
Palm Prints is an independent art studio based in Raglan, New Zealand. This beautiful seaside environment inspires artists Jane Galloway and Stuart Mackenzie to spend most of their time involved in art making.
The two originally began Palm Prints in 2003, producing photographic greeting cards. In those early days the cards were printed and hand-folded at home. But keeping track of a lot of small items in numerous galleries meant this project couldn't last for long - just long enough for greeting card company, Live Wires, to discover their work and offer to take over printing and distribution. This decade-long relationship with the company has enabled Jane and Stuart to focus on their art with many of their images having a second life as cards and calendars.
Today, Palm Prints has evolved from producing photographic prints to include a range of digital, hand-drawn and painted images produced by Jane. Her passion for the natural world and for art and design history can be seen in all her work.
Artist Julian Godfery is Jane’s son. He has his own unique view of the world which can be seen in his drawings which involve intense pattern-making of images in either abstract or naïve styles. His representational drawings with their simple subjects have moved people to tears at times as they convey a true purity of spirit. Julian would love to be a full-time artist. His dream is to win the IHC Art Awards, as he has been a finalist several times.
Guest Artist - Ron Galloway
Art was my first love but parental guidance led to my eventual registration as an architect and my endeavours in art were put on hold. I practised architecture in Auckland and Hamilton, Perth and Melbourne and in Suva and Lautoka. Works covered buildings for the Auckland Technical Institute (now AUT), the Auckland and Mt. Albert Grammar Schools, Pukekohe High School, buildings for the fertilizer industry in Auckland, Whangarei, New Plymouth and Kiwitahi, Institute of Kirikiriroa Marae wharenui in Hamilton, CBA Bank in Perth, various hospital projects in and around Melbourne, Australian National Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, The Fijian and Fiji-Mocambo Hotels.
The 1960s saw my interest and active participation in Maori culture. My eyes were opened to other ways to live and to things that led to a simplification of my life. That change in attitude spilled over into my architecture and later into my art. My time in Australia gave me an appreciation of the simple depiction of legend in aboriginal art. These experiences, along with my time in Fiji, strengthened my understanding of the simplicity of story-telling through art. That influence can be seen in many of my works.