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Keeping up with Warren & Julie Payne, fine art

Warren Payne

Warren Payne, with his wife, Julie, is a private dealer in Louisville. The couple have curated several exhibitions over two decades; have produced six catalogs and a book, “Clear as Mud: Early 20th Century Kentucky Art Pottery”; and worked on E.C. Pennington’s “Kentucky: The Master Painters.”

Here's the latest news from Warren & Julie Payne, fine art, an online gallery based in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to our seasonal exhibition, we link you to special events of interest to our regional collectors and to print and online resources.

Helen LaFrance: Insider outsider

  • Helen LaFrance's memory paintings document her life as an African-American woman.

    Helen LaFrance's memory paintings document her life as an African-American woman.

    Warren & Julie Payne, fine art

Helen LaFrance (b. 1919) has been an artist since her childhood on her family’s farm in her native Graves County, Kentucky. She is considered a self-taught memory painter, a category in so-called naïve or outsider art, and she also makes quilts and other textiles, animal carvings and dolls.

Her works are in the collections of media mogul Oprah Winfrey and artist Red Grooms, as well as many institutions including the Van Nelle collection of tobacco art in Holland. She has been exhibited all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky, from Mayfield to Murray to Owensboro to Bowling Green, and in New York City and Chicago. She has been featured in documentaries and publications such as Kathy Moses’ Outsider Art of the South (Schirmer Books, 1999).

She documents her life as lived as an African-American woman through almost all of the 20th century.

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