Greg Payce


Greg Payce has been making ceramics for over 40 years. He has exhibited his work in twenty solo and over one hundred and thirty group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. His work is included in numerous public and private collections. He has presented lectures and workshops nationally and internationally, and his practice has been reviewed in over forty publications.  In 2005, he participated in Trans-Ceramics, the feature exhibition at the 3rd World Biennial of Ceramics in Icheon, Korea.

Payce has completed numerous public commissions. SSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, a large-scale bronze commission, was installed in the Calgary International Airport in 2004. A major installation work, Wane, was purchased for the new Canadian embassy in Seoul, Korea in 2005. In 2010, he completed Healing Garden for the Lois Hole Pavilion at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. In this work, twenty-one turned-aluminum vases, each 107 centimeters high, describe female figures between them.

In 2004, Payce began to collaborate with composers and photographers to produce videos that animate the negative spaces between his ceramic forms. He also began working with lenticular photographic technology to produce large-scale reinterpretations of his ceramic works. Pantheon Verisimilus (2007), a lenticular wall mural, consists of five panel collectively measuring 156 by 548 centimeters.  Based on the garniture work Pantheon (2004), the image transforms eighteen-centimeter tall figurative ceramic works to the height of real people, creating a simulation of a life-sized three-dimensional image for viewers. Payce continues to explore the potential of lenticular technology to produce new and innovative works.

Payce’s work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto in 2012. A group exhibition at the Esplanade Art Gallery in Medicine Hat also in 2012 will focus on research undertaken during a residency at an eighteenth-century chateau in rural France. Payce lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, where he has been a faculty member in Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design since 1988.

Western Canadian artists are well represented with impressive works at the first Canadian Craft Biennial in Burlington, Ont. Read more


Rebecca Belmore portrait

Photo by Martin Lipman. Courtesy Canada Council for the Arts

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"Shirvan pictorial carpet" (1882-1883) with a partial view of Greg Payce’s "Albedo"


Greg Payce, "Albedo Lux: Europa"

Videography by Rod Stuart

We in the west should acknowledge the brilliance of Calgary artist Greg Payce’s independent vision of what ceramics are and what they can be, Read more


When Galleries West went looking for the cream of Western Canada’s established and emerging ceramic artists, narrowing the field was the toughest job. Here’s an introduction to artists in the western provinces. Read more