He completed his education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1969, at the dawn of the Photorealist movement of the 1970's. Palmore stood out from his contemporaries for his tenderly rendered portraits of animals, earning the nickname "Gorilla Man".
"(My paintings are) about other earthlings that we share this planet with... and about our relationship with them," Palmore says. He treats his subjects as if they were his patrons, creatively posing them to bring out their unique personalities. "Even when I put an animal in a natural setting, I try to make it my own through unusual lighting, unique compositions or atypical points of view," the artist explains.
The oil painting in our collection is from Palmore's popular series of birds and boasts a telling title. In "Portrait of a Pretty Lady " Palmore tenderly captures every detail of his subject's plumage, as though she were a high society socialite. The artist encourages our tendency to humanize other creatures with captivating results.
Palmore's work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art and other institutions across the United States.
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