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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/Ohio      Known for: landscape, still life, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Milos Vujasinovic of Philadelphia. He credits this biographical information to: Blade Special Writer (Ms. Dorothy Stafford), Art News Magazine (L.C.), News Bee (Mr. Donald Pond) and the Library of Toledo Museum of Arts.

Myron Tim Palmer, slender and bespectacled Toledo artist, was born in Wauseon, Ohio and went to school there graduating from Scott High. He received his first art training at the Toledo Museum of Art Design School (together with J. Ernest Dean) and later studied in Chicago. He taught art at Gunckel school, and a year and a half at Oberlin, while getting his master's degree in fine arts.

In some way, he got out to Colorado Springs where he had a teacher, undeniably a fine early influence for the Toledo lad. He was an American Impressionist Robert Reid, N. A., an excellent art teacher with an odd background. Myron as he was called in Toledo (Tim in New York) also studied at the art school of Syracuse University.

At one time, Myron Palmer worked in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and his varied career gave him a local reputation there. After one trip to Mexico, Myron decided to study and work in New York. There he had been a friend of Stanford White, the architect, and it was at a party Reid gave at the Madison Square Roof Garden that Harry Thaw shot Stanford White in 1906.

One of Palmer's oldest stories is of trying to follow his profession during the depression. His family like everyone else in Toledo, was without money when the banks "beckoned". There were no jobs in New York, and Myron sold his evening clothes and practically everything else he possessed to get carfare to Toledo. When he got there, he had no money to buy paint. He sat paintless and depressed until his aunt suggested bluing. Household bluing was cheap, and Tim painted blue skies, blue water and blue people. His work ran largely to landscapes and he had never gone abstract.

He exhibited in the Village before his '52 (Sept. 3 - Oct. 1) show in Copain Gallery in New York. In 1954 he exhibited in Toledo Museum of Arts. Art News wrote of Toledo man's landscapes as "fresh and intriguing, and full of surprises". The critic suspected an early German Expressionist influence in landscapes and a Mondrian tendency in still life paintings. He spoke of the painter's original plan to break up surfaces of the landscapes in criss-crossing planes in emulation of the Cubists not in order to analyze the structures of the nature but because they "look nice."

In New York, Palmer had also worked on some murals with his assistant Ms. Faith Mendenhall, who studied art at the museum and the Chicago institute. During 1930's his address was 1244 Norwood avenue, NYC. In the period of ca. 1944-54 he had taught art at a school in East Orange, New Jersey. Myron Palmer enjoyed listening Rimsky-Korsakov, and wrote and illustrated several books for children.

Books where referenced:
Davenport's Art Reference 1999/2000
Art News Magazine (1952)
Blade Special Writer (publication)(April 4, 1954)
Newsbee (publication)(Aug 8, 1933)

Books by the Artist:
Treachery in Crete
The Egyptian Needle, A Novel. (viii) + 140 pp. with numerous figs. & 4 color plates (bookplate, ink annotation on back endpaper). Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1961;
At The Lion Gate, / written And Illustrated By Myron Tim Palmer.

One man show at the Copain Gallery, New York -Sept. 3 to Oct. 1 1952
This additional information I have received from the Archives at Oberlin College:

Myron Tim (or Tipton) Palmer was born in Wauseon, Ohio, on October 11,
1905. He received a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in 1931, and received
an A.M. in Fine Arts from Oberlin College in 1942. He also did additional
work at the Museum School in Toledo, Ohio.

He taught at high schools and at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey.
We do not have a date of death for Palmer; he was reported deceased in
1988, but the Alumni Records office was unable to verify this.

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