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Sean Payne

portrait of Sean Payne

Seán Payne teaches visual arts. He is an artist, teacher and writer who makes photographs, drawings, paintings, collages and assemblages. He is particularly interested in the commonalities between media, visual cultures and vernacular visual languages. He often takes a minimal approach and is increasingly exploring abstraction. Seán has a consciously ‘mixed media’ approach, reflecting his varied background. He enjoys exploring the underlying theoretical and historical reasons why things look the way they do. 

Seán has been teaching at Melbourne Polytechnic since 2015. He also taught at Deakin University and La Trobe University for many years. He likes summarising complex information or difficult ideas into a form that can be grasped by any student and integrated into their creative practice. He loves to give students a sense that all visual culture is theirs to use and participate in. He also teaches important skills across the visual arts, including drawing, painting, photography and mixed media. Seán loves to ignite students’ excitement when they begin to sense the possibilities of a simple technique or explore a previously vague idea and give it concrete form. He also loves to make unexpected connections between history and the everyday visual environment we all occupy and often take for granted. 

Seán completed a Masters of Visual Arts (by research) in 2005 and an Honours degree in Visual Arts in 2001 at La Trobe University. He also has a Diploma of Photography from the Australian College of Photography Art and Communication, received in 1993. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions since 1990. He won the Australian Postgraduate Award in 2002, was ACPAC Student of the Year in 1993 and won an Ilford Student Scholarship in 1991. Seán has been an exhibiting artist since 1990 and also worked in commercial graphic design and illustration over many years. He writes on visual arts and individual artists and publishes articles, essays and blogs.  

Awards & Grants  

1991 - Ilford Student Scholarship 
1993 - Australian College of Photography, Art and Communication Student of the Year 
2002 - Australian Postgraduate Award

Visual Art Courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Certificate II in Engineering - Jewellery MEM20105
Visual Art - Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield, Prahran
Visual Art - Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield, Prahran
Acquire the strong foundation you need in jewellery making. Turn your designs on paper into pieces of art. Whether you have the ambition of becoming an artisan jeweller, working in the industry, or one day owning your own business - this is a great introductory course to get you started.
Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design MEM60211
Visual Art - Full Time - Fairfield, Prahran
VTAC Visual Art - Full Time - Fairfield, Prahran
Our Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design MEM60211 is a two year, full-time dynamic course.
Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31120
Visual Art - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Visual Art - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
The Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31120 course is designed to introduce students to a range of art forms and develop skills and confidence in using a range of techniques. The course has a practical hands-on focus where students are provided with highly structured tasks and in-depth instruction by specialist subject teachers.
Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development CUA60420
Visual Art - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Visual Art - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
The Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development CUA60420 is designed to prepare you to make a smooth transition into a professional practice, working in an industry-related role or in a freelance capacity.
Certificate IV in Visual Arts CUA41320
Visual Art - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
VTAC Visual Art - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Our Certificate IV in Visual Arts CUA41320 will help you build upon foundational artistic techniques and refine your artistic practice. You’ll advance your skills in drawing, illustration, printmaking, painting, design and digital imaging and photography. This broad range of media and processes will help you find your artistic strengths, and is supported by units in art history and professional practice.