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'Diversion', 2010, by Dan Hays 'Diversion', 2010, by Dan Hays - courtesy of the artist and PayneShurvell

Time Out says  

Posted: Thu Jun 17 2010

Now that recession has hopefully put off any young, suited types thinking that all it takes to sell 'cutting edge contemporary art' is rich friends and a desire to make money, it's heartening to see the arrival of modest but confident new gallery Payne Shurvell. The surnames making up the gallery's title belong to James (Payne) and Joanne (Shurvell), who between them combine experience in making, curating, writing about and promoting art.

They've launched their gallery in a converted former light industrial unit in Shoreditch with a group show by 13 artists, most without gallery representation in London, on the seemingly popular theme of mapping (see also the British Library and Rivington Place). But with the exhibition including only one work by each artist, and in a variety of media, the notion of mapping is more a broad catch-all within which to signpost possible future solo exhibitions. Either way it's a promising mix of recent graduates, those just starting to make a name and more established artists who have been slightly under the radar in London. Among them are Andrew Curtis, showing a print of a suburban street scene with sinister undertones; Mary Yacoob's intriguing architectural drawings and Dan Hays's reworking of London's city centre from the A-Z.

In keeping with a current trend for more flexible artist/gallery relationships, Payne Shurvell aren't signing up artists straight away, but all work is for sale, along with a set of limited editions by most of those showing. Whether one agrees with Charles Saatchi's taste or not, he still knows where to look, so it's probably a good omen for this gallery that he had just whisked away in a cab before my visit.

Payne Shurvell details


Payne Shurvell

16 Hewett St, London EC2A 3NN

Transport Old Street 


02000 114 115


11am-6pm Wed-Sat