Michael Payne

Michael Payne - Ty Cawr

Michael Payne - Ty CawrBendigeidfran

Michael Gustavius Payne, living and working in Merthyr Tydfil where he was born…the melting pot of his childhood…and a deep lasting interest in Celtic and Greek mythology are the thematic backdrops on which the narrative of his current paintings evolve. His ‘innocent children’ which feature in nearly every work, like Shakespeare’s fool, can tease out both uncomfortable universal truths and, with wit, playfully take us to magical worlds. Likewise the companionship of the dog and other creatures are his link from the human to the shadowy underworld. The allure of all his work is that he subtly poses the viewer with a visual and poetic conundrum, always hinting at realities beyond the painting itself.

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