James Payne
James studied Fine Arts at Central St. Martin’s and was a practicing artist for several years, showing at galleries such as Transition, Space TwoTenTwo and others.

With business partner Joanne Shurvell, he opened PayneShurvell in June 2010 with a group show, ‘A Bright and guilty Place’, which showcased thirteen artists and was curated by James and the artist Dermot O’Brien. The starting point for this exhibition was the concept of mapping and the ways in which artists explore the notion of mapping and cartography in their work. The show was very much a way of launching artists that the gallery wanted to work with on future shows. Since then the gallery has very much been focusing on one-person shows.

The policy of the gallery is to bridge the gap between an artist-run space and a commercial gallery, showcasing emerging UK and international artists and featuring work from all media. Many of the artists shown have international reputations but are little known in the UK. Some of the artists are recent graduates who are mixed with more established artist, curators, musicians, architects and others who challenge traditional notions of art.

Collaboration is an important part of PayneShurvell’s work process. They work closely with outside curators, including Beverley Knowles, Michael Petry (of MOCA), Mark Jackson (of IMT), Michael Hall (Parfitt gallery) and Neville Brody. They also have promoted first time curators such as Edward Vince and Andrew Curtis. They have worked closely with other galleries such as a joint show with MOCA, Sir John Soane’s museum, Upstream (Amsterdam) and Crim’art (Milan).

PayneShurvell are also involved in a program of free talks, lectures and tours as a way of promoting contemporary art, as well as publishing affordable editions.

James is also the film editor of Garageland and has interviewed several of his heroes including John Waters, Terence Davies and Ken Russell.

Entries by James Payne

Marion Wagschal: An Extraordinary Artist

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2016 | (19:57)

Marion Wagschal's new show at Canada House is her first ever show in the UK. Relatively unknown outside of North America, the latest exhibition at Canada house is of paintings created between 1980 and 2015. Hopefully this fantastic show will bring her to the attention of a wider audience.

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Landscapes That Pass Over in Silence

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2013 | (00:00)

I recently saw a great group show, At the Edges at Angus-Hughes gallery on a subject that interests me greatly; Landscape and how we view the landscape. The choice of artists was particularly strong and the work linked in seamlessly and without fuss. I loved the work and recommend it...

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V&A Ban Students!

(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2013 | (17:58)

Well not exactly 'ban' (that was just to get your attention) but they are changing the rules as to what students are allowed to do on their premises. Sketchpads in the temporary exhibitions are no longer allowed.

As an art student myself, I spent hours in museums and galleries...

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Floored in Peckham

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (01:08)

Simon Linington and William Mackrell are both individual artists who do collaborative work as well as their own. Now, for MOCA in Peckham they are presenting Floor, a site-specific work that confounds expectations.

I am playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order -...

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Bowling With George Best and Politics With Jayne Mansfield

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2012 | (00:00)

Neil Libbert is a photojournalist whose career spans 55 years. He has taken images of some of the worlds most famous people from George Best when he was nineteen to Winston Churchill at 88 years old. Mariah Carey, Kingsley Amis, Cassius Clay, Judy Garland... the list goes on.


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Ten Years of Transition

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2012 | (17:41)

Transition Gallery was opened in a converted garage close to Victoria Park, Hackney, by artist Cathy Lomax and celebrates its tenth year this week. Now based in Regent studios near Bethnal Green, Transition continues to be an innovative part of the East London arts scene.

As well as running...

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Friezing Out East

(0) Comments | Posted 15 September 2012 | (01:00)

The Olympics may be over but we still have that four-day feat of endurance known as Frieze Art Fair coming up.

This is the event when the blue chip galleries take home more gold than all the athletes put together, and the 100 metre record is smashed at the...

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The East End is Alive and Well

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2012 | (15:28)

Boetzelaer|Nispen gallery, a fairly recent addition to the East London gallery scene has a great show 'Arkhe Travel' on right now, but be quick as it closes this week.

In the same tucked away courtyard as our gallery, PayneShurvell, it shows that despite a recent Guardian article...

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Spilt Milk and Unknown Artists

(1) Comments | Posted 16 June 2012 | (01:00)

It is degree show time and years of slogging away over a hot easel/editing desk/chainsaw/laptop culminate in a brief spell in the public limelight as thousands of strangers along with your confused mum and dad gawp at wot you did when you was at school.

I go to most...

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Humour is a Feminist Issue

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2012 | (14:57)

As well as the comparisons with the usual bunch of female artists, Sarah Maple has also been compared to Russell Brand!

In this day and age, humour is sometimes deemed as frivolous and the art world has long accepted only 'serious' work as worthy of judgement.

Maple is...

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Dan Cox - Marking the Death of Another London Cyclist

(2) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (00:00)

A year ago today a young man I knew became another statistic. One of the 16 cyclists killed on London's roads last year. Two-thirds of which were (like him) killed by HGVs. The majority of these deaths (like his) happened after large vehicles turned across the cyclist's path.


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In the Beginning... Daniel Rapley's 'Bible'

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2012 | (00:00)

Sixty-six books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses, 783,137 words, 3,116,480 characters. For the last 18 months, artist Daniel Rapley has been writing the King James Bible by hand, on standard feint ruled notepaper, using a ballpoint pen.

I recently spoke with Michael Hall, who, as well as curating...

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Homophobia in the Arts

(10) Comments | Posted 21 December 2011 | (00:00)

The issue of homophobia is not something you would expect in the art world, however a recent 'work of art' in America prove this is not the case.

The following article was written with Texan born Dr Michael Petry whose book Hidden Histories: 20th Century Male Same-Sex Lovers in...

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You *Can* Polish a Turd

(2) Comments | Posted 13 December 2011 | (00:00)

As an antidote to hideous Christmas visuals here is a round up of five of the best art shows in London. Be quick though as some of them are just about to close.

Paul Noble / Gagosian Gallery / Until Dec. 17
God is not something...

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Art Curation: Lip Gloss, Suffragettes and Cowboys

(1) Comments | Posted 21 November 2011 | (23:00)

In the second of a series of blogs on how gallery shows are put together, I spoke to the artist Andrew Curtis, who curated our current group show Your Garden is Looking a Mess Could You Please Tidy it up.

There are twenty artists in the show,...

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There's no Business Like an Art Show's Business

(1) Comments | Posted 29 October 2011 | (01:00)

People often ask how we choose artists and curators, decide on shows, make press contacts etc. In the first of a series, I will attempt to explain the inner workings of a gallery from several different points of view, and hopefully demystify how small independent galleries like ours put shows...

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Ghosts of Deutsche Bank Past

(2) Comments | Posted 19 October 2011 | (01:00)

Visiting Frieze this year it was hard to remember that only a sliver of fabric stands between the people involved in the Occupy Wall St. Movement and the ultra-wealthy collectors whose families really do occupy Wall St.

Maybe in a nod to the recession, last year's army of waiters giving...

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Frieze Framed

(2) Comments | Posted 12 October 2011 | (01:00)

It's that time of year again when art dealers polish their large, structurally pronounced eyewear and flog their wares in tent city. The art world's marathon, Frieze Art Fair is back.

Statistics: Frieze started in 2003. 170 or so galleries take up 20,000m2 of Regent's park. They...

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Margaret Harrison: Is Feminism dead?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2011 | (15:44)

Margaret Harrison is an artist I admire tremendously. A show we had a few months back in the gallery was hugely popular. Here Margaret talks about:

"In the UK there was a wilderness period for many artists of my generation from the late 80's onwards, in the US it...

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Superman and Telepathy Meet in King's Cross

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2011 | (01:00)

Not since Christian Marclay's The Clock has art been such a cinematic experience as it is with Artangel's latest project, Audio Obscura in St Pancras station by poet Lavinia Greenlaw.

Sound art is notoriously difficult for the viewer/listener as it is so hard to shut off the...

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