Matt Payne is a painter from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
Much of Matts work is inspired by a love of New Zealand’s landscapes and coastlines, which he translates into dramatic compositions depicted with vivid colour and extraordinary attention to detail.
He has a fascination with the interplay of colour, light, and form and how these elements are perceived independently and in combination by our eyes.
Matt approaches the relationship between these elements as if working with a code, aiming always to capture the essence in what he is painting.
With a passion for New Zealand’s great outdoors, Matt also comes from a background of high level sportsmanship. He has represented New Zealand in Waterpolo at Commonwealth and World Championship level. Matt has been practicing as a full time as an artist since 2004.