ABOUT THE ARTIST:
He is a Professor in Art and a Computer Programmer Analyst/Web Designer at Binghamton University. He has been a board member of the ART Mission and Theater for 6 years, and was chairman 2003 - 2006. He had a studio and gallery in 2003 -2005 in the old Stephen's Square space in Binghamton, NY and was a great influence and forerunner of the success of Binghamton’s First Friday Artwalk. His themed shows he created supported other artists as well as his own, and would draw an average of 500 - 1000 people. He currently shares the Box Factory Gallery, down the street from his old location with 3 other artists and continues to show work monthly.
Steven’s mediums of choice are encaustics (an ancient Greco-Roman technique of painting with wax, resin and pigment), mixed media and acrylics. His work has been highlighted in several newspapers and published in art publications. He is currently working on an extensive series of work which has a unique mosaic style using mixed media and encaustics. His major artist influences are Emile Gruppe, Picasso, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol.
Palmer is proud of his heritage... his grandfather on his mother's side (Wilhelmina Marie Knop Palmer), Victor Knop is second cousin to Emille Gruppe, and the lineage continues. There are over 5 major artists on Palmer's family tree: Victor Knop, Emile Gruppe, (also this link for Emile) Charles Gruppe, (and this link) Karl Gruppe, Virginia Gruppe and Charles C. Gruppe and Robert Gruppe. Palmer continues this great heritage by creating work with select pallettes, utilizing color theory and unique medium choices such as encaustics and eclectic medias. SEE: http://www.gruppegallery.com/Family.htm
Paul Gruppe (father
of Emile) Canadian-born American Tonalist Painter (American Master),
1860-1940 was born in Picton, Canada, September 3, 1860. A landscape
and marine painter, and largely self-taught, Gruppe studied in Holland
and a good portion of his work consists of Holland inspired scenes. He
should not be confused with his son, artist Emile Gruppe, who painted
many well-known New England scenes.
Albert Gruppe (1896-1978) was an
American painter born in Rochester, New York. Reared in a Dutch village,
son of late Dutch painter Charles P. Gruppe; one of 8 artists in America
listed in the World Book of Encyclopedia section on Art; also listed
Who in American Art";
He was the teacher of other famous artists including
oil painter Otis Cook of Rockport, Massachusettes
more to come.... including obituaries and photos.