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Terrence Payne is a midwestern American artist residing in Minneapolis Minnesota.  He has exhibited his work at galleries, universities and museums throughout the midwest and his work can be found in private, museum and corporate collections around the globe.  Terrence’s artwork has received critical acclaim and recognition from Beautiful Decay, Juxtapoz, Dwell Magazine, Bust Magazine, It’s nice That, The Jealous Curator, Boooooom, and The Minneapolis Star Tribune to name a few.  In the spring of 2002 Terrence founded what has become the longest running artists collective in Minneapolis called Rosalux Gallery. He has served as the leader of Rosalux since the beginning, helping many Minnesota artists realize their artistic ambitions and further their studio careers through their relationship with the gallery.

The main theme found in my artwork is community.  I am interested in how people use their relationships with one another to build on their own identity as well as to influence the behaviors of those around them.  I use the aggravated playfulness of my large-scale oil pastel drawings to create archetypal portraits of specific individuals which when put together in groups portray segments of communities and their relationships with one another.  I accomplishes this by using an accessible visual language along with refined organic forms, text, patterns and costuming to lure the viewer in and create a relationship with my work based on shared experience. I typically use a single pattern to unify a body of work and identify the overall theme of that community and then let the figures, objects and narratives define the individuals within that community.  The humorous and empathetic allegories resulting from my creations may leave more questions than answers to these initial queries, but will surely offer entertaining comforts for my audience nonetheless.



Sage Award for Outstanding Design 2013 for production of Matching Drapes

Selected Exhibitions

Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN annually 2002-2020


Kindness, Burnett Gallery, Minneapolis MN 2015, 2016

Absurdities Crept In, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, TX 2012

Flourish, MAEP Galleries, Minneapolis Institue Of Art, Minneapolis, MN 2010

NEST, Alcoa House, Minneapolis, MN October 2008

Patterns Of Behavior, Umber Studios, Minneapolis, MN March 2008

Benedicta Arts Center, College of Saint Benedict, St Joseph, MN March 2005

Draw, SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN November 2004

Minot State University, Minot, ND March 2003

Urban Studio on Webster, Chicago, IL January 2002

Flatlands Gallery, Minneapolis, MN May 2001

Gage Gallery, Augsburg College Minneapolis, MN February 2001

Hughes Center For The Arts, University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND September 1999

MC Gallery, Minneapolis, MN May 1999

Minnetonka Center For The Arts, Wayazata, MN March 1999

ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL June 1998



Articles & Links

The Jealous Curator, Art For Your Ear Podcast, Episodes: 71,132,154,164


Fields Magazine, Spring 2016


City Pages, October 2015


MPLSART, October 2015


Minnesota Monthly, April 2015


This Old House Magazine, March 2014


Juxtapoz, January 2013


Beautiful Decay, October 2013


Le'Toille Magazine, October 2013


Supersonic Art, October 2013


Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 13, 2013


It's Nice That, December 2012


Escape Into Life, October 2012

Bust Magazine, August 2012

Anthology Magazine, July 2012


PBS Newshour blog, March 20012

The Jealous Curator, June 2012

Carne Magazine, May 2012

MNOriginal, TPTV, March 2012

Juxtapoz Magazine Blog, November 2011

Dwell Magazine, October 2012


Blu Magazine, November 2011


Art Nouveau, April 2011


The Etsy Blog, March 2011

Paper Darts Magazine, volume 3, March 2011

MPR news, state of the arts, November 5, 2010

Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 4, 2010

Booooooom, October 2011

Brown Paper Bag, April 2011


City Pages: 100 Creatives, Novemebr 2010

Art Hound, October 2010

Minnesota Monthly, October 2006, 2007, 2010

Twin Cities Luxury and Fashion Magazine  April 2009


Design Sponge, October 2008


Apartment Therapy, October 2008

Alarm Magazine September 2007

Rake Magazine fall arts quarterly 2006

Roadtrip Nation, PBS, 2005



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