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Mad Deep Thoughts
Riley Payne

Mad Deep Thoughts, Riley Payne

Mad Deep Thoughts, Riley PayneMad Deep Thoughts
Riley Payne
Perimeter Editions

Text by Dan Rule.


Edition of 700.
32 Pages
240 x 170 mm
ISBN 9780987353009


Tracing the Melbourne artist’s photorealist graphite renderings of fruit, foliage and figure, Mad Deep Thoughts captures Payne’s technical acumen and offbeat humour to equal effect. Comprising uncanny accumulations and pairings of classical forms and Google image search results, Payne’s fastidiously realised drawings might be considered in terms of collage. Banana bunches and cigarette-smoking carrot men coalesce, while a neon hot dog perches before Antonio Canova’s Sleeping Nymph. Art history and the absurd knock heads, as do the labour of technique and the flippancy of the one-liner.

About the Artist
In 2011 Payne was a finalist in the RBS Emerging Artist Award, and in 2014 he held a residency at Artspace, Sydney. Payne has held six solo exhibitions since 2008; most recently his exhibition Serenader at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne in 2016. Since 2015 Payne has lived and worked in New York.

About the Publisher 
Perimeter Editions is the in-house publishing imprint of Perimeter Books. Launched in August 2012, its focus rests on publishing autonomous limited-run artist books featuring artists and photographers from Australia and abroad.

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