Art Prints and Paintings New Zealand
A brief history of Palm Prints Studio
Palm Prints is an independent art studio based in Raglan, New Zealand. This 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 these early days the cards were printed and hand-folded at home. But tracking a lot of small product in numerous galleries meant this idea didn’t last too long - just long enough for card company, Live Wires, to discover their work and offer to take over printing and distribution. Jane and Stuart gave a big sigh of relief as this freed them up to move in new directions.
With Live Wires wanting more designs for cards and calendars it was a good excuse to travel around New Zealand taking photographs. A big range of colour–themed montages were made which have had numerous re-prints over several years.
Today, Palm Prints has evolved from purely photographic prints to include hand-drawn images produced by Jane. This area of creativity has evolved into almost full-time digital art print design.
Artist Julian Godfery is Jane’s son. He has his own unique view of the world which can be seen in his drawing style which involves intense pattern-making of images both abstract and naïve. 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. He attends Sandz art studio in Hamilton, which is run by Idea Services and 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.