Gustavius Payne is a Welsh figurative artist, represented by Ffin-Y-Parc Gallery LLanrwst, where his work is regularly shown and held in stock. Work is also held at the Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, England. He has exhibited regularly since 1994, including an Arts Council of Wales funded collaborative touring exhibition, with poet and author Mike Jenkins during 2011-2012. He has work in a number of collections including the University of South Wales, Museum of Modern Art Wales and the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society. Elected to the Welsh Group in 2013, his figurative paintings use nature, animals, birds and trees, alongside hoodies, mobile phones, religious iconography and other human constructs. His diverse imagery draws from mythology and folk-lore alongside ecological and political concerns, drawing the viewer into a fascinating reflective world, set in the post-industrial Welsh Valleys.
Member of The Welsh Group (www.thewelshgroup-art.com/#!gustavius-payne/c8hq)
“These paintings use references from myth, fairy-tale folklore, religion and our shared history. There are familiar stories and symbols which can be navigated; and archetypes which trigger more primitive emotional responses. His special potent magic is his ability to initiate a chain reaction of allusions and ideas and then to pull us through a series of uncomfortable emotions.
“He is aware of the tension and potential contradiction between these strong intellectual and intuitive elements, but his linkage of the universal with the intrinsically personal gives the work an unusual degree of commitment and intensity.
“The contemporary references in many of the paintings show an artist much concerned with the society around him – where it has come from and where it is going. This can give the work sharp satirical bite. The world he paints is both recognisably modern and timeless. There is tenderness and violence. There is mercy and despair, love and shame. Beauty and the Beast.”
CV & Education
2014 - "Dreaming of Flight" installation in collaboration with Red Poets (Mike Jenkins, Jonathan Edwards, Tim Richards and Julie Pritchard). Redhouse The Old Town Hall, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
2014 - New Work, Ffin-Y-Parc, Llanrwst, Wales.
2013 - The Cause and Effect Hypothesis , Art Central, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
2012 - New work, Ffin-y-Parc, Llanrwst, Conwy
2012 - Dim Gobaith Caneri, Washington Gallery, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
2012 - Dim Gobaith Caneri, West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
2011 - Dim Gobaith Caneri, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
2011 - Dim Gobaith Caneri, Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth
2008 - A Bloke Called Hero, Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea 2006 - Stories Without Narrative, Rhondda Heritage Park Gallery, Rhondda Cynon Taff
2004 - Nature Or Nurture, West Wales Arts Centre, Pembrokeshire
2002 - Brothers, Sisters and Dogs, West Wales Arts Centre, Pembrokeshire
2001 - Dreams, Fairytales, Myths and Nightmares, Washington Gallery, Vale of Glamorgan Group exhibitions
2009 - Masterstrokes, Museum of Modern Art Wales/Cymru, Machynlleth
2008 - 3 person show with Meri Wells and Maria Hayes, Galeri, Betws-Y-Coed, North Wales
2008 - Cewri a Thrawsffurfiad, The Washington Gallery, Penarth
2008 - New Wave, Bute Space, Cardiff
2007 - (Four large paintings, alongside other exhibitions), Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth, Powys
2002 - Contemporary Welsh Art, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire Artist talks
2008 - TV interview, S4C (Cwmni Da), Merthyr Tudful