richard payne portrait by prue aja

“Initially we appreciate art with a response to its subject, emotional impact and energy vibration… contemplation reveals its content. Some work may then reveal an intellectual layer and through its universal beauty and imbedded thought add to our lives, resonating positively with our soul; an antidote to todays existential crisis… this is the art I strive to create.”

Richard Payne (1957 -) was born in Melbourne Australia and is a classically trained fine artist with paintings, drawings, etchings and Augmented Reality (AR) works hanging in private collections in Europe, USA and Australia.

A narrative artist interested in creating feelings of elation, wonder and exploring human oneness, Payne’s strikingly original visual vocabulary is expressed through abstract, figurative and portraiture across a range of media including: Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality (accessed via ‘Payne’s 4D AR-T’ App) , oils, pastel, pen & ink, print making and sculpture.

Payne’s philosophy is a synthesis of his classical training, modernist sympathies, interest in the new and a quest for beauty. “Art should be beautiful and have something worthwhile to say”

This considered foundation guides him to create art that the viewer can become immersed in, leave reality behind and contemplate higher thoughts. 

Seeking to push the art conversation forward in both the public and private realms, Payne often references ancient myths and wisdom from many cultures, philosophy and original thought as he explores important contemporary issues with a strong narrative, expressed through energy, movement and colour.


Early Years & The Florence Academy


Trained classically in design, composition and perspective by renowned architectural illustrator & educator, Robert W Gill, Payne went on to practice in architectural illustration and data graphical design whilst continuing to study and pursue fine art.   

Attended the Florence Academy of Art (Italy) in 2010, and then teaching master-classes in Italy, USA and Australia was a revelation compelling Payne to apply his knowledge as a dedicated Fine Artist.

Study after Bargues'  Belvedere Torso , completed at the Florence Academy of Art, Florence.

Study after Bargues' Belvedere Torso, completed at the Florence Academy of Art, Florence.



richard payne art

Art is the highest expression of culture.

A work of art is a man-made object providing a perceptual means of communicating and contemplating abstractions.

Universal beauty, truth and the principles of aesthetic order are the language of art.


Arcadia Atelier

Richard in the studio

Richard in the studio

Payne’s studio, Arcadia Atelier, is situated in Daylesford Australia, just 1.5 hours from Melbourne in the state of Victoria.

Payne takes on a limited number of students for private mentorship each year and also holds drawing and perspective classes at the Atelier. 




The Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM): Solo Installation

Grand Prix Melbourne 2018 & 19: Solo Virtual Reality Exhibition

Hall & Wilcox: Group Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society: Solo Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society: Portraiture Group Exhibition

Melbourne Savage Club: Group Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society: Group Exhibition

Artists against fracking: GroupExhibition

Camberwell Art Show: Group Exhibition

Daylesford Art Show: Group Exhibition

Convent Art Gallery: Solo Exhibition

Bendigo Art Show: Group Exhibition