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Freya Payne

Artist Biography

Statement of Practice - Freya’s work connects with the emotional, ritual moments in life’s passage. She is interested how we feel and mark ‘time’ passing. The work itself requires time; a pattern of ‘repeat looking’- of making and breaking associations, to unfold. It asks, how do memory, longing, mourning, dreaming mesh together to give us a sense of place and self? Her wide ranging practice brings together paintings, sculptures and prints; with a respect and an eye for colour, form and the discipline of making.

1968                Born in Woking

1986-87           Falmouth Art School

1987-90           Manchester Polytechnic

1992-94           Royal College of Art, London

1994-95           Royal College of Art, London. One year printmaking fellowship

1996-99           Visiting Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Oxfordshire College of Art & Design

1997                Winner of the Villiers David Travel Award

2001                Visiting Lecturer, Falmouth College of Art Onwards

2003                The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Fellowship

Selected Exhibitions 

Solo Exhibitions

1995                Diver. Flowers Graphics, London

1996                New Works. Flowers Graphics, London

1997                Attelier 2221. New Delhi, India

2001                Traveller. Flowers East, London Boats for dry rivers. Flowers West, Santa Monica

2002                Silver Tongue. Flowers East, London

2004                Armour for the Broken Hearted. Flowers Central, London

2006                Stranger Song. Flowers East, London

2011                Medals for Motherhood. Flowers Cork Street, London

2014                Print Retrospective. Flowers East, London.

Group Exhibitions

1995                Centenary 12 Artists Portfolio, Royal College of Art, The V & A

1996-2016       Small is beautiful, Flowers Galleries. London and New York.

1996                Altamira, The International Centre for Graphic Art, Slovenia

1997                House, The Shipwrights Palace, London. Site-specific sculpture, installation and set design for the choreographer Athina Vahla.

2003-2016       The summer exhibition, The Royal Academy, London.

2003                The summer exhibition, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland. Relative Values, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery. Site-specific installation.

2004                Spiritus Mundi, Flowers East, London

2007                The Figure...A British Tradition, McColl Center for Visual Art, USA

2011                Flowers Editions, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Many Hands, The Royal Society, London


 Image of the Year 2007, Royal Academy of Arts

Discerning Eye Regional Prize 2006

Cuthbert 'New Young Artist' Award,

Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 2005

Fellowship 2003, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation

The Villiers David Prize 1999, (Enabling ar tist to work and travel for 6 months)

Printmaking Fellowship 1994-5, Royal College of Art, London