SIMON PALMER was born in Yorkshire in 1956, and graduated from art school in 1977. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions since 1980. From 1995 - 2013, he held ten one-man exhibitions in London with JHW Fine Art. He is now exclusively represented by Portland Gallery, where his first show was in 2015.

In 2004, a retrospective museum show Territories of the Imagination took place at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate; he also later curated Palmer's Choice at the same venue. He has shown work on several occasions at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, where, in 2007, he won the Turner/Winsor & Newton Watercolour Award. Other notable group exhibitions include the National Trust centenary exhibition; British landscape painting in the twentieth century at Crane Kalman Gallery; Dreamers of landscape at Bohun Gallery; Art & Yorkshire: Turner to Hockney at the Mercer Art Gallery; and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera exhibition. Simon Palmer is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. In 2016, he was appointed to the position of Visiting Professor in Fine Art at the University of Suffolk.

The monograph The Art of Simon Palmer was published in 2011. His has received extensive press coverage in magazines and newspapers, and his exhibitions have been widely reviewed. Previous catalogues have included introductory essays by a mixture of writers, critics, art historians and a fellow artist: Alan Bennett, Martin Drury, Tom Flynn, Iain Gale, Lynne Green, Ronald Maddox, Elspeth Moncrieff, Sumaya Partner and Jane Sellars. He has written and illustrated a number of books, including Pebbles on a Beach and two guidebooks for Salt's Mill, Saltaire. His work is frequently reproduced on book and magazine covers, and used on calendars, in brochures and programmes.

Palmer's work is held in many private collections in Europe, America, Australia and Japan. Salt's Mill holds a large collection of his work; other collections include the National Trust, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, Historic House Hotels, Mercer Art Gallery and the Penn Club, London.

Simon Palmer lives and works in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.