Robert Lemay

LINDA

LINDA
RL067
oil, canvas
20 x 16 in.
$1,400 CAD

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LINDA EVANGELISTA IS BY FAR THE MOST PROLIFIC AND FAMOUS CANADIAN SUPERMODEL. SHE APPEARS IN COUNTLESS FASHION MAGAZINZES STARTING IN THE LATE EIGHTIES UP TILL THE PRESENT. SHE FAMOUSLY CUT HER HAIR SHORT AND STARTED A GLOBAL TREND, AND HAS BEEN FOLLOWED FOR HER MANY TRANSFORMATIONS IN LOOKS AND STYLE. SHE IS THE ULTIMATE SYMBOL OF HOW THINGS WHICH CAN BE CONSIDERED TRIVIAL - HAIR, MAKEUP, CLOTHES, ARE ACTUALLY HUGE FIELDS OF EXPRESSION FOR SELF IMAGE, SELF-ESTEEM, IDENTITY, AND TRANSFORMATION. WHAT IS CONSIDERED SUPERFICIAL IS ACTUALLY SUCH A CENTRAL FACET OF ONE'S RELATIONSHIP TO SOCIETY AND ONESELF. AGAIN SHE SEEMS SO MUCH BETTER KNOWN AND REMEMBERED OUTSIDE CANADA THAN WITHIN. THIS SEEMS QUINTESSENTIALLY CANADIAN IN A WAY.

Lemay’s work combines the imagery of fashion magazines with the techniques of the masters to create a style he calls Pop Realism, reinvigorating figure painting with an exploration of modern fashion and celebrity culture. Uniquely, the artist divides the canvas into a grid, painting square by square, row by row to create a subtly digitized effect which is completely hand-painted. All works are oil on canvas.