'Gone But Not Forgotten II ', 2018. 32cm x 32cm (framed)
I am a Sheffield based painter / printmaker, inspired by urban landscape. I am interested in issues of gentrification, social housing, regeneration and the flux of city environments. I am fascinated by the spaces people inhabit, the traces they leave and the capacity of places to absorb memories and experiences.
For the past 5 years I have been exploring Park Hill, the Grade II* listed Sheffield council estate and one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture. Park Hill is currently undergoing regeneration and access is no longer possible, so I have been exploring similar sites, including Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, London.
Robin Hood Gardens, which has been described as one of Britain’s most important post-war social housing developments, is in the process of being demolished despite years of campaigning to have it heritage listed.
My intention with this series of works was to create observational images that spoke of the displacement of the existing communities and the transience of the urban landscape.
For my paintings, I have tried to work with materials that have a physical connection to the estate itself, namely concrete (which I have cast into small canvases) and aerosol spray paints (referencing the graffiti).
Mandy Payne lives and works in Sheffield, U.K. She graduated from Nottingham University in 2013 with a BA Fine Art. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Contemporary Masters From Britain’, 2017, China. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014), John Moores Painting Prize, 2014 (Prize Winner) and 2016. Contemporary British Painting Prize, 2016 , New Light Art Prize 2015 (invited artist, 2017), National Open Art Competition 2015 and 2014 and The Threadneedle Prize, 2013.
Payne has recently completed a two-year Fellowship in stone lithography at Leicester Print Workshop for which she received a GFTA and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.