March 11, 2106 – April 16, 2016

Opening Reception: March 11, 2016 5-9 pm

Isaac Payne joins us from North Carolina to share with us his dynamic works that explore philosophical and existential questions around peoples relationship to our man-made urban environments. His compositions of unidentified figures and exposed architectural structures, devoid of the surrounding natural world, reflect an aspect of our contemporary human condition that relates to a sense of isolation in both interpersonal and environmental relationships. Isaac spent the last years of his high school career here in Rochester, NY. It was here in Rochester where he discovered his voice in the visual arts under Edie Silver (his art instructor at East High School) and Rick Muto (local Muralist in Rochester). Isaac spent several years working under Rick on various historical narrative public murals that you can still view throughout Rochester, NY today. We are extremely excited to have him back!

“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

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 (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 fulltime at CPCC.