One of the most respected and iconic drummers in rock n' roll history, Carl Palmer boasts an exceptional journey fueled by remarkable rhythmic talents. Hailing from Birmingham, England, Palmer began playing professionally at the age of 14. Over the last five decades, Palmer's professional journey has taken him to every corner of the planet performing, while creating some of the most notable progressive rock recordings in the genre's history.
As drummer for Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), Asia, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, and the Carl Palmer Band, Palmer has significantly impacted the sound of popular music and the rhythmic boundaries within. He was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 10 Greatest Drummers of All Time. With unmatched style and extraordinary rhythmic facilities, he serves as the benchmark for a loyal legion of aspiring drummers worldwide, as he stylistically fuses the influences of jazz, classical, pop and art rock into a signature sound. To date, Palmer has sold nearly 50 million records.
Over the last decade, Palmer has focused a significant amount of time into his art career. Working with art team SceneFour, Palmer is one of the pioneers of a new medium, Rhythmic Expressionism. His first comprehensive collection, Twist of the Wrist (2013), featured 200 total canvases and sold out at a remarkable speed. His 2014 follow up collection The Rhythm of Light was also highly sought after with collectors worldwide.
Now in 2021, Carl returns to the creation of fine art to honor the 50th Anniversary of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Over the course of 12 months, Palmer will be releasing five different works, each limited to just 50 pieces worldwide.
Carl Palmer's honors the 50th Anniversary of Emerson, Lake & Palmer with the release of fine artwork over the course of 12 months. A highly intimate release, there are just 50 of each work Palmer will be unveiling. Each of the works were crafted through the drum performance of Palmer, as he utilizes drumsticks that light to dictate the abstract imagery seen on the canvas.
"I have always looked for a way to create art with light. Many of you know that I started work with light back in 1973 in my home city of Birmingham. So it has always been very important to me as an art form. Find the right people to work with is always a problem in all walks of life. SceneFour have been the partners I have always wanted and I enjoy every moment of working with them."