Christian Palmer was born in London but confesses that he has moved around a lot. He travelled extensively in South America, Africa and Asia and eventually landed in Malta, experimenting with painting on the idyllic Mediterranean Isle of Gozo in collaboration with a group of like-minded artists, as well as setting up a boutique graphic design company. In 2001, he moved to Byron, Australia and self published the ‘Byron Bay Diaries’ photographic journal and began to work professionally as a painter.
Palmer says that Byron attracts many creative souls; artists, writers, musicians, and people looking for an alternative lifestyle. He works from his home studio where the majority of his work involves a play on words and the subjects are usually animals.
Palmer likes to choose animals that have an edge about them, animals that are representative of an outsider. From this perspective he makes sense of his own internal dialogue and the irony of the human condition.
His work is a collision between the con nes of an establishment ne art background (Central Saint Martins, London) and the pull of the urban contemporary street art movement. Palmer’s rise in the global urban art scene kicked off following group exhibitions with street artists including Banksy and T.WAT. He has also been involved with fundraisers for conservation projects collaborating with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors as well as ‘Let Elephants Be Elephants’ (LEBE) working to stop the ivory trade. He has requested that a percentage of his sales from this event is donated to the Canil de São Fransisco de Assis charity, for abandoned animals in Loulé.
Palmer’s works are shown in galleries in Europe and Asia and held in collections worldwide, including that of American actor, Robert de Niro. He currently lives and works in Australia.
Jürgen Lingl-Rebetez was born in 1971 in Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany. From his early childhood he took an interest in art; drawing and painting everything he set his eyes on: animals, people, buildings and landscapes.
At the age of 20, after graduating from Josef-Effner Grammar School, Jürgen Lingl-Rebetez had his rst exhibition in a gallery, showing studies of nudes for which he used various techniques.
After a mandatory civil service in Schönbrunn, he began as an apprentice wood sculptor with Master Hans-Joachim Seitfudem. The piece he submitted for graduation won him the rst prize in Munich and Bavaria and second place nationwide. In 1996, Jürgen Lingl-Rebetez moved to Switzerland and worked as an independent artist.
After this move he began creating iconic works with a chain
saw. His classical education permits him a creative freedom without any technical hindrances, from religious subjects such as angels, holy gures and monuments to nudes and animals they are all expertly carved and crafted with the saw.
Jürgen Lingl-Rebetez’s own personal style is powerfully apparent in the passion and animation which shines through every single piece of his work. His sculptures are like drawings, drawn with the chain saw in a three dimensional space. Colour and pencil support the vibrant, impressionistic surfaces.
Jürgen Lingl-Rebetez’s works are found both in private and in public collections across Europe, the US, Canada, Russia, Australia, Singapore and Hongkong. Prizes include; Paul-Louis Weiller; 3rd place for a portrait at the l’académie des beaux arts, institut de France, the Édouard-Marcel Sandoz prize for animal sculpture and the Paul Belmondo sculpture prize.