“My grid paintings incorporate imagery deduced from organic forms, like rocks and dried pieces of clay, and function as a spreadsheet of one-shot, individual paintings grouped together. Once the organic properties are placed within a geometric system, a dialogue of patterns, both symmetrical and asymmetrical, typify this reciprocal relationship,” Payne said.
Currently, he is an art instructor at the University of Dayton in advanced drawing, foundation drawing and figure drawing. Payne divides residency between Dayton and New York City, where he has lived for the past five years.
Payne was raised in Kettering, Ohio. He attended the University of Dayton where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He then went on to receive his Master in Fine Arts degree from Boston University in 2002.
A third-time returning exhibitor in the Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition, Payne received one of the Top Ten entries in this year’s competition. He has also had his work shown at the Butler Museum of American Art, the San Diego Art Museum, and the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering.
A reception for the artist will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 27 in The Gallery.
Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Ed Thornburg, gallery curator, at (765) 973-8605.