Brittney Palmer’s Passion Play
From performance to painting, this multi-dimensional artist is taking the art world by storm
– By Paul Zahn | Photographer: Corey Epstein
Brittney Palmer has her eye on the prize…and that prize includes art, music and philanthropy. Fresh off supporting the amfAR charity in Hong Kong with a contribution of a unique piece of her art, Palmer is already working on new collaborations that will keep her busy well into 2018, and her fans entertained by her new projects. The sky is the limit for this talent, and she shows no sign of slowing down.
San Diego-born and Las Vegas-raised, Palmer became a visual artist after an abrupt ending to her performing arts career. “I was living in Las Vegas, and I was a professional dancer in major Las Vegas shows; but when I was 21, I was in a car accident that prevented me from dancing,” says Palmer. “So as a way of expressing my creativity, I began painting.”
Palmer says she drew inspiration from some of the greatest artists of all time (as well as music and her family roots). “I began to fall in love with art after following the greats such as Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Cy Twombly, and so many more,” she says. “I was completely enamored with art and everything that it encompasses.”
Music has been an influence, too. “Both my mother and father could fill the house and cars with music,” says Palmer. “Between my dad loving Guns & Roses and my mother loving the Beatles, I was constantly surrounded by amazing musicians from the past that have still stayed with me [to this day].” It inspired her to integrate some of music’s biggest icons into her artwork, from Biggie Smalls to Jimi Hendrix.
Philanthropy has also played a big role in Palmer’s life. Her piece that recently sold at amfAR’s Hong Kong charity auction raised a whopping $38,000 for the AIDS research charity. “amfAR is truly a wonderful organization that helps and has helped so many people,” Palmer gushes. “It was surreal to be in Hong Kong showing my work alongside great artists such as Kaws, Andy Warhol and Adrien Brody. Working with his charity has opened so many doors for me to continue this passion I have for helping others…and, art.”
Currently, Palmer is prepping for an art show this summer. After collaborating with The W Hotel chain and UFC, she has her eye on working with everyone from Gucci to Louis Vuitton, and even Target. Says Palmer: “Wherever my art goes, that is the direction I feel I want to follow.”
We will be following, too.