Isaac Payne


“The curious patterning and myriad perspectives of urban space became the meeting place for my disparate painting influences — rock art, crazy quilts, Western Realism, Eastern landscape painting, many modernisms and other influences. I use a patchwork of freehand techniques and painting/drawing media to depict a felt environment that is equally about architecture and absence.

Isaac Payne grew up in Tacoma, WA; studied painting at CUNY Queens College (MFA 05’) and the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA 03’). Isaac was 11 Month Affiliate Artist at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation (2011-2012).  Awards include: Charlotte Magazine’s BOB Award, 2013 Best Artist, 2013; First Place, ‘The Bicycle:  Art Meets Form’, 2013; People’s Choice Award, “Carolina’s Got Art”, 2013; Best Local Artist (Emerging), Creative Loafing, Best of Charlotte, 2012.  He was selected for International Painting Annual 5 (a juried competition) 2015; New American Paintings 2010 Southern Competition. Recent exhibitions include the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art; The New Gallery of Modern Art; North Carolina Museum of Art.  He lives in Charlotte, NC; serves on the Board of Directors for McColl Center for Art + Innovation; teaches painting full time at CPCC.