Johnathan Payne


Johnathan Payne (he/him) is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He obtained a BA in art from Rhodes College and received his MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art. Recent exhibitions of Payne’s work include Keeping Score at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (2022; Los Angeles, CA), A Bridge

to Uncertainty at Beeler Gallery at the Columbus College of Art and Design (2021; Columbus, OH), Threads at Foxy Production (2021; New York, NY), and Miss Lizzie’s Lattice at Deli Gallery (2020; Brooklyn, NY). He is featured in New American Paintings (MFA Annual #135), and has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Observer, and Vice. Payne was a Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Crosstown Arts, and was the 2020-22 recipient of the Grant Wood Fellowship in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa. In summer 2021, Payne was the inaugural recipient of the Aminah Residency in Columbus, OH, where he lived and worked in the home of the late artist and MacArthur Grant recipient Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.

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