Isaac Payne (American, born 1979)

The work of Isaac Payne explores the human relationship to architecture in the modern cityscape and its disassociation with nature. He combines rhythm, scale, and ambiguity to help convey this concept. His abstracted architectural landscapes often include unidentifiable figures to encourage the viewer to connect their own perception and experiences to the work. Reminiscent of influences, Romare Bearden and Edward Hopper, Isaac combines the exploration of space in both a modern and representational way.

Isaac was born in the Pacific North West and grew up in Tacoma. He studied painting at The City University of New York at Queens College and the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 2011, Payne held a residency at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, and where he now sits on the Board of Directors. He currently works as a professor of art at Charlotte’s Central Piedmont Community College, where he continues to produce work in his active studio.