Tracy Payne
Fluorescence (2013)


Since its inception, my art making has been very much a personal journey and in many senses autobiographical. My paintings exist as a visual diary, mapping the journey I have taken from birth into adulthood, drawing from past memories, present experiences and future aspirations. Eastern spirituality and the dual nature of our selves is a consistent thread running through my work. In its broadest sense, I am exploring the interrelationship of the feminine and masculine principals within the self and the universe.

In a world out of balance I take refuge in my studio, a place where I can be alone and enter a private space of introspection and meditation. For me, painting is an intuitive process, driven more by feeling than intellect. Through art making, I am free to explore that which I believe is most necessary for my healing and the healing of our planet. My paintings are my medicine, some hang in my studio for many years before being released. By not censoring myself and having the courage to ‘dig deep’, that which lies hidden is revealed to me. However dark, however distant something might be, however morbid and disgusting…if you keep it hidden it will be a sickness, it will go in on you, it will kill you. By shining a light into the shadows I have been able to access a depth  that I would never otherwise have reached in my self and my paintings. I am utterly uncompromising in my creative life. Authenticity is key.

There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.
                                                        - Friedrich Nietzche

Upcoming exhibitions:

Recent paintings on show at 131A Gallery, a group exhibition curated by Brett Bellairs
Venue: 131A Gallery, 131 Sir Lowry Road, Foreshore, Cape Town.
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00
Saturday 10.00 - 15.00
Exhibition runs till 3 April 2020

Selected works will be shown in Wild Wild Lifea group exhibition curated by Alex Hamilton.
Exhibition starts 5 April and runs till 31 May 2020
Venue: Gallery at Glen Carlou, Glen Carlou Vineyards, R47 - Simondium Road, Klapmuts, 7625
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 17.00
Weekends and public holidays 10.00 - 17.00

Selected works will be shown in A5 Art Exhibition, a group show of small works presented by Observatory Art
This is a virtual exhibition, to view visit 

Selected works may be viewed at my studio, by appointment.
Victoria Art Studio, 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
Cell: +27 82 4421094