Dead Dave: The Man Who Would Be String

9 Oct 2009 – 15 Oct 2009

Red Gate Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 35, 45, 345, P4
  • Nearest Train: Loughborough Junction (Thames Link, via Kings X to Sutton)

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Having suddenly passed away in May 2009 at the age of 46, David Payne was an artist who wasn't driven by thoughts of being exhibited; he worked for the sheer enjoyment of creating work. This exhibition, arranged by his family and friends, serves as a tribute in his memory as well as giving everyone a last chance to see his vast and unique collection. Often perceived as having a dark sense of humour and menacing undertones, Payne's works are elaborately formed reliefs that were started on board and then built up with papier-mà ¢ché, modelling clay, wire and string. Idiosyncratic in style and execution, Payne's creations often times convey to the viewer unsettling feelings of ‘being lost or engulfed'. Along side his relief paintings; Payne produced pen and ink illustrations for children's books and comic strips. In addition, he designed stunning computer art with the themes such as the Tarot. On a lighter and witter note, he also created small and large scale sculptures such as a cheeky Elvis being crucified on the cross or a gun with legs, titled: The Gunrunner". Payne was truly a man of many interests and ideas, as he also extended his talents to film and music making.

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