Jitka Palmer

Jitka Palmer

Bristol, United Kingdom

About Jitka Palmer

Born in Prague, 1959
My work is figurative, expressive and often narrative.
I draw my inspiration from the life and people around me.
I sketch people, watch people, listen and make up.
I use my sketchbooks as a rich reference and starting point for my work.
For many years I have been using predominantly the COLOUR
while working in clay and painting on paper.
Now I work mostly in limestone ( Bath, Portland, Cotswold, Caen ).
I am more focused on the FORM, utilizing my knowledge of anatomy.
One of the most fascinating aspects of working in stone is its
nakedness and the presence of ancient past within.
The absence of strong colour forces me to simplify my artistic language.
It makes me concentrate on what is important and significant.
It gives me an angle I wish to apply to my way of living, too.
At present time I am in the second year of Stone Masonry Course at
City of bath College. I work from my studio at Blaise Castle Stables, Bristol.

Education

I qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1984.I started teaching anatomy at Masaryk University, Brno and at the same time set up my first studio.In 1985 I moved to London and studied Ceramics at Croydon College of Art & Design. After graduating I received a Crafts Council setting-up Grant, which enabled me to start my studio in London.At present I live and work in Bristol.SoloExhibitions:1989 "Faceful" Endell Street Gallery, London1989 "Head of Clay" The Ice House, London1991 "Devils" Galerie Mladych, Brno, Czech Republic1993 "New Ceramics" Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales1996 "Venus" Galerie Mladych, Brno, Czech Republic1999 "Local Parade" Bristol2001 "Clay Diaries" White Gallery, Brighton2002 "Poetry of Places", Rood Gallery, Bristol2003 "Pleasures", The Arc Gallery, Chester2006 "There and Back", Gallery Bevere, WorchesterGroup Exhibitions (selection):1991 "Avant Garden" Barbican, London1992 "Fletcher International Ceramic Competition, Auckland, New Zealand1999,2001,2004 "Chelsea Craft Fair" London2002 "Craftspace Touring"2003 "New York Gift Fair", NY, USA2003 "Philadelphia Craft Fair" Philadelphia, USA2005,2006 "Ceramic Art London" RCA, London2006 "Urban Myths" Millenium Galleries, Sheffield,

Events

North Bristol Art Trail, open studio weekend
29& 30.11, 10am - 5pm more info and trail map on : http://www.northbristolartists.org.uk/

Exhibitions

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea 2014,
Teabowl, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford, till 20 November
Christmas Exhibition, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
December 2014