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Curriculum Vitae


Michael Gustavius Payne, 1969, in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.


  • 2009 - 2011, University of Glamorgan (PGCE).

  • 2002 - 2005, UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) (Cert HE).

  • 1993 - 1996, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (First Class B.A. Honours, Fine Art).

  • 1995, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece (Erasmus Exchange).

  • 1991 - 1993, Mid Glamorgan Centre of Art & Design Technology.


(See list)

Collaborative projects (selected)

  • Working To Design (2022) gatefold double vinyl LP and CD box set by Dunkie (A collaboration with musicians Anthony Price and Wayne Bassett). 

  • OX (Knives Forks and Spoons Press) (2021). A publication of poetry by Martin Hayes with images by Gustavius Payne.

  • Land of Change (Culture Matters / Manifesto) (2022). A poetry anthology with artwork by Gustavius Payne.

  • Onward / Ymlaen! (Culture Matters / Manifesto) (2020). A poetry anthology with paintings by Gustavius Payne.




Awards include

  • Purchase Award, Museum of Modern Art Wales (2011).

  • Project Grant, Arts Council of Wales (touring exhibition; Dim Gobaith Caneri with poet Mike Jenkins) (2010).

  • Purchase Prize (Visitors Choice), University of Glamorgan (1999).

  • Prize Winner, Young Wales III, Royal Cambrian Academy (1996).

  • Purchase Prize, Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society (1996).

  • Student of The Year, National Eisteddfod of Wales (1993).


Collections include


Community arts

Has worked in community arts across south Wales (mainly Merthyr Tydfil) since 1996. Work includes a series of interpretation murals at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, completed in 2021.


TV and radio

(In relation to the artist's own artwork)

  • 2018; BBC Radio Cymru, Stiwdio (12/12/18) - Feature interview.

  • 2018; S4C, Heno (19/11/18) - Feature interview.

  • 2018; S4C, Cynefin (21/01/18) - Feature interview.

  • 2015; BBC Radio Wales, Arts Show (22/07/15) - Feature interview.

  • 2011; S4C, Wedi 3 (30/03/11) - Feature interview.

  • 2010; S4C, Wedi 3 (23/12/10) - Feature interview.

  • 2008; S4C, Sioe Gelf (05/11/08) - Feature interview.

  • 2007; S4C, Wedi 3 - Group show article.

  • 1998; HTV, Fresh, - Feature interview.

  • 1997; HTV, A Word In Your Eye - Artwork included.

  • 1993; BBC2, National Eisteddfod of Wales 1993 - Feature interview.

  • 1993; BBC1 Wales, The Slate - Feature interview.

Arts Judge

  • 2017; Y Galeri, Caerphilly, Open Art Competition.

  • 2016; Y Galeri, Caerphilly, Open Art Competition.

  • 2007; John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, Regional Heat, Merthyr Tydfil.

  • 2006; Rhondda Heritage Park, Open Art Competition.

  • Together with numerous community arts events.

Selected publications

OX (Knives Forks and Spoons Press) (2021) (See 'Collaborative projects').

Onward / Ymlaen! (Culture Matters / Manifesto) (2020) (See 'Collaborative projects').

Y Grŵp Cymreig yn 70 | The Welsh Group at 70 (2019)

David Moore

(Welsh and English).

Featuring Gustavius Payne.

Bring The Rising Home! (Culture Matters / Manifesto) (2017).

Poetry by Mike Jenkins with paintings by Gustavius Payne.

So Many Different Suns - Contemporary Artists from Wales, Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection (2017).

Texts by Luciano Benetton, Stephanie Szakalo and Jonathan Clarkson (English and Italian).

Featuring Gustavius Payne.

Post-War to Post-Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales (2015).

Peter W Jones and Isabel Hitchman.

Featuring Gustavius Payne.

Hier und Da / Yma ac Acw / Here and There:

The Welsh Group and BBK Düsseldorf (2014).

(Welsh, German and English).

Featuring Gustavius Payne.

Selected cover illustrations

  • Yer Ower Voices! (Culture Matters / Manifesto) poetry anthology

  • Working To Design by Dunkie (See 'Collaborative projects')

  • Nothing To Lose (Yes Merthyr) poetry anthology

  • WALLS (Within A Little Love Story) CD by Dunkie

  • Rabbit Hole CD by Dunkie

  • Sugar CD by Dunkie

  • Can A Song Save Your Life CD by Dunkie

  • Sofa Surfin (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) poetry by Mike Jenkins.

  • 7" vinyl single by The Joy Formidable & White Noise Sound.

  • Bach Yn Ryff CD by Jamie Bevan a'r Gweddillion.

  • Red Poets magazines 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28.

  • The Early Years vinyl LP (Puke N Vomit Records) by punk band Foreign Legion.

  • Always Working Class vinyl LP (Laketown Records) and CD (Aggro Beat) by punk band Foreign Legion.

  • Light At The End of The Tunnel vinyl LP (Aggro Beat/Rebel Sound) and CD (KB Records) by punk band Foreign Legion.

  • Barkin! (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) poetry by Mike Jenkins.

  • Walking On Waste (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) poetry by Mike Jenkins.

  • The Barking Thing (Bloodaxe) poetry by Suzanne Batty.

  • Laughter Tangled in Thorn and Other Poems (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) by Mike Jenkins.

  • Artwork used as the front cover and poetic inspiration by Cen Williams, for Taliesin #107 magazine (Academi).

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