Riley Payne born 1979 in Melbourne, Australia and currently 
lives and works in New York, USA...
What We Turn To, 2020,
oil on canvas,
70 × 50.8 cm
book about human contact, 2020,
pencil and acrylic gouache on paper, unframed,
26.6 × 21.6 cm
Monument Going Down, 2020,
oil on canvas,
48.3 × 35.6 cm
Riley Payne, holiday piece, 2019, neon tubes, electrical wire, wall connectors, transformer, 90 × 72 × 9.5 cm
Riley Payne, untitled (cabbage), 2018, pencil on paper, framed 53.5 × 44.5 cm
Riley Payne, untitled (frog), 2018, pencil on paper, framed, 70 × 57 cm
Riley Payne, untitled (octopus), 2018, pencil on paper, framed, 70 × 57 cm
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Further Reading


“Riley Payne’s meticulous photorealist drawings tease out new connections between disparate but instantly recognisable pictorial elements. By re-rendering existing photographic imagery through a labour-intensive drawing process, he attempts to stem the tide of visual information that assaults us daily. Enigmatic and open-ended, Payne’s drawings encourage new relationships between language and image that are achieved through the use of humour, subversion and recontextualisation.”                                                                   

Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator, Prints and Drawings, NGV Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2017
Riley Payne (b. 1979, Melbourne, Australia) has held six solo exhibitions since 2008; his most recent include Nature Documentary at ReadingRoom, Melbourne (2019), Any Day Now at New Release Gallery, New York (2018), Serenader at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2016), and his work was included in the inaugural NGV Triennial (2017–2018). He was a finalist in the RBS Emerging Artist Award (2011), and has held a residency at Artspace, Sydney (2014). Riley lives and works in New York, USA.


Chloe Mandryk, Riley Payne: Nature Documentary, Art Almanac, February, 2019
John Thomson, Riley Payne: Humour, Profundity and Hard Labour, Vault Magazine, Issue 12, 2015