Uprising

“ The incidents depicted in the paintings of Sally Payen are often violent or aggressive, representing social unrest in streets and public places. Her regularly grisaille depictions of protesters, rioters and hooligans gathering momentum or engaged in battle with riot police, mounted police or the army, mix together isolated scenes from events around the world throughout modern history, including The Troubles in Northern Ireland, tax riots in the UK or uprisings against military dictatorships in unspecified countries. Figurative motifs appear in episodic passages of paint, held together by virtually abstract clouds of pigment, hinting at urban spaces and the architecture that defines them.” Matt Price