Dunedin based artist Patricia Payne is know for her intricate icon and mediaeval inspired manuscript paintings. These small scale works are frequently gilded and seeded with symbolism. On a more light hearted level her formal works are complemented by the New Zealand Icon series featuring historical characters such as Captain Cook and the widely sold New Zealand Whitebait series. Whatever the subject matter, the artist's attention to detail is extraordinary.
Patricia developed an interest in illuminated manuscripts and medieval paintings during the thirty years she worked in Europe as a contracted opera singer with Convent Garden. An introduction to one of her husband's colleagues, John Harthan, former Librarian of the Victoria & Albert Museum, laid the foundations for this second artistic career. Of her work Patricia says 'I have long been fascinated by icons and medieval paintings, and have had the opportunity to view and study these works in the world capitals I have sung in. I love gold illumination and the use of clear, bright colours.' Since returning to New Zealand Patricia has established a reputation as a professional artist creating works of great charm and quality.
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