Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts

April 21, 2015

LOT 120
GREG PAYCE (1956 - )
  • GREG PAYCE (1956 - )


GREG PAYCE (1956 - )


height 6.25" — 15.9 cm., diameter 16.25" — 41.3 cm.
unsigned, circa 1988

Estimate $600-$800

Realised: $1,020
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

GREG PAYCE (1956 - )

“When eyes are fooled, imaginations are thrown open wide. Realms between the virtual and the real contain unique narrative possibility. The negative spaces between ceramic albarelli become strange, non-dimensional, yet oddly three- dimensional images. Archetypal relationships between human and vessel cannot help but materialize.”

- Greg Payce -

Greg Payce is one of the most respected practicing ceramic artists in Canada. He is best known for the extraordinary precision of his work, his stunning surfaces and his ingenuity and visual wit. He is the 2013 recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts and Media.

Greg Payce was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1956. He became fascinated with clay at the age of six, when he watched a potter turning a lump of clay into a vessel on the television. In high school, he favored the arts over the sciences, spending all of his spare time in the clay studio. He received his Bachelor of Arts, with a minor in Anthropology, from the University of Alberta in 1977, and his Master of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987. Payce has been Head of Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design since 1989. He has exhibited in more than twenty solo exhibitions and over one hundred and fifty group exhibitions throughout the world.

Payce worked with more traditional vessel forms at the start of his career, inspired by ancient pottery from Crete (Octopus Vase, 1992). In the 2000’s he started exploring the negative space between pottery forms to created images (Al Barelli, 2002).
Starting in 2007, Payce began to create large-scale lenticular photographs of major pieces, opening new possibilities for seeing and experiencing the original works (The Customs and the Spirit of the Nations: Occident, 2011). He also began to work with video projections onto moving works, creating mesmerizing sequences that relate decorative motifs found around the globe to contemporary ceramics practice (Albedo Lux: Europa, 2009).
Most recently, Payce’s work was featured in the 2012 solo exhibition, Illusions, at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Claridge Collection in Montreal, the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. He has also given numerous lectures, workshops and presentations both in Canada and internationally. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts and Media. Payce lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.

Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections

Alberta Art Gallery, Edmonton
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton
Arario Collection, Seoul
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
Banff Centre Permanent Collection, Banff
British Petroleum Ltd., Calgary
Burlington Art Centre, Burlington
Calgary Civic Art Collection
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
Canadian Embassy, Denmark
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa
Canberra School of Art, Australia
Claridge Collection, Montreal
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
General Idea, Toronto
Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Grant McKewan Community College, Edmonton
Hanhyanglim Gallery and Jay Collection, Seoul Korea
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
The Canadian Embassy, Japan
The Canadian Embassy, Seoul
The China Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China
The Four Seasons Hotel, London, England
The Prime Minister of China, Beijing,
U.B.S. Bank International, based in Switzerland
University of Tasmania, Launceston
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 Payce, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB
Greg Payce and the Space Between, Burlington Art Gallery, ON
2012 Illusions, The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON
2007 Greg Payce Visiting Scholar, The Academy Gallery, The University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania
2005 More Buildings about Song and Food, Prime Gallery, Toronto.
Domestic Katrina Chaytor and Greg Payce The Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB
Wane large- scale ceramic installation, The Canadian Embassy in Seoul, Korea
2004 SSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Bronze Sculpture installation, The Calgary International Airport, AB
2002 Greg Payce, The Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2001 Cineramics, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, SK
1999 Greg Payce: Recent Ceramics, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON
Garnitures, The Canberra School of Art, Canberra, Australia
1998 Virtual, The Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C.
1997 Greg Payce: Between - Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York City, NY
1996 Greg Payce: Recent Ceramics, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON
Spun, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB
1995 Vase To Vase, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
New Ceramics, Provenance Gallery, Calgary, AB
1993 Greg Payce: Recent Ceramics, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON
1992 A View From Calgary, Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montreal, QC
1991 Greg Payce - Vases, Provenance Gallery, Calgary, AB
1990 New Earthenware - Greg Payce, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON
1989 Greg Payce - Recent Ceramics, Muttart Gallery, Calgary
1987 M.F.A. Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
1986 Greg Payce, Robert Vanderleelie Gallery, Victoria
1985 Greg Payce, Ceramics, The Front Gallery, Edmonton (solo exhibition).

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Porcelain: Breaking Tradition, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 Porcelain: Breaking Tradition, Art Mur, Montreal, QC
2007 Neocraft, faculty and alumni of Craft division NSCAD, Anna Leonowans Gallery, Halifax (in assoc. with the Neocraft conference)
2006 Inaugural Exhibition of the Permanent Collection, The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto.
Fresh Art - Contemporary Canadian Art from the Glenbow collection (web exhibition), The Glenbow Museum, Calgary.
From the North, The Clay Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Canadian Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, The Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat. (catalogue)
2005 Trans Ceramics, Feature Exhibition of the 3rd World Biennial of Ceramics, Icheon World Ceramic Centre, Korea. (catalogue)
Legacy, The Triangle Gallery of Visual Art, Calgary, Alberta. (catalogue)
Cineramics video presentation, Galery Fabryka, Warsaw, Poland
2004 The Bi-annual exhibition of the international academy of Ceramics, Icheon World Ceramic Centre, Korea.
Artcity 04, installation of video Harem , Art Central, Calgary
2003 Ceramics at the Beginning of the 21st Century Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design
2002 The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton.
The Ninth Biennale National de Ceramique, Trois Rivières Quebec (catalogue) (travelling).
2003 Prairie Clay, The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon (catalogue).
2001 The 1st World Biennale of Ceramics, Icheon, Korea, (catalogue).
Gift of the Gods, the Art of wine and Revelry, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
2000 Earth Works, The Canadian Pavilion, Expo 2000, Hannover, Germany (catalogue)(travelling).
A Grand Design, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.
2000 Canada Clay - Today, Ceramics Millenium Conference-Amsterdam (traveled: Amsterdam, Faenza, Chicago, Toronto. (catalogue).
1998 The Fifth International Ceramics Festival 1998, Mino, Japan.
1998 A Question of Identity (International Academy of Ceramics Conference), The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario.
1997 Canadian/Chinese Ceramics Cultural Conference Exhibition, The China Ceramics Institute, Jingdezhen, China.
Another Group of Seven, the Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas.
1996 White on White, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, (catalogue, travelling internationally).
The 7th National Biennale of Ceramics, Trois Rivières, Quebec, (catalogue, travelling).
1995 Clay in Canada - North by Northwest, Wyman Gallery, Minneapolis, (catalogue).
1994 The Sixth National Biennial of Ceramics, Trois Rivières, Quebec, (catalogue).
Containment, The Space Within, The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, (catalogue).
1992 Invitational Teapot Exhibition, Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA.
Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art, the National Museum of History, Taipei, (catalogue).
The Fifth National Biennial of Ceramics, Trois Rivières, Quebec (catalogue).
The Canadian Craft Museum Inaugural Exhibition, The Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver.
1990 Champagne Breakfast (juried, travelling), The Triangle Gallery Calgary, Alberta
Fourth National Biennial of Ceramics (juried, travelling), Trois Rivières, Quebec (catalogue).
1989 Patterns, An Exhibition on the Theme of Pattern in Craft, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax..
From Clay, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta (Invitational).
1988 Innovation/Craft, The Triangle Gallery of Visual Art, Calgary, Alberta (Invitational, catalogue).
Third National Biennial of Ceramics (juried, internationally, travelling), Trois Rivières, Quebec.
1986 M.F.A. Group Show, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax..
1985 Clay in the East, University of Maryland Gallery, Baltimore (traveling).
1984 Clay, Eh, Canadian Clay Conference Exhibition, The Muttart Gallery, Calgary (catalogue).
The Ceramic Bridge, The Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (catalogue)

Selected Grants & Awards

2013 Governor General’s Award
2007 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant (visiting scholar res. Tasmania), Canada Council Travel Grant (visiting scholar res. Tasmania)
2005 Canada Council Travel Grant (travel to Korea to install work for the 3rd International Biennial of Ceramics), 2004, Short-listed for the Bronfman Award 2003 Canada Council Travel Grant (travel to Australia as keynote speaker at their National Ceramics Conference) 2000, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant, 1999, Canada Council A Grant, 1998 - Canada Council Travel Grant
1998 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant, 1997, Nominated for The Chalmers Award for Canadian Craft
1995 Canada Council B Grant, 1994, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant, 1994 Prix Pierre Legault, The Fifth National Biennial of Ceramics, 1991, Canada Council Project/Travel Grant, 1984, Louise McKinney Award for Academic Excellence, The Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund.


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