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YSL BOW
RL061
oil, canvas
48 x 36 in.  

$ 6500 CDN


PRISUNIC, 1967
RL060
oil, canvas
48 x 30 in.  

$ 6200 CDN


MYTHOLOGY 13, RIHANNA
RL059
oil, canvas
48 x 36 in.  

$ 6500 CDN


KATE MOSS, STUDY
RL058
oil, canvas
20 x 16 in.  

$ 1400 CDN SOLD


AMANDA II
RL055
oil, canvas
36 x 48 in.  

$ 6500 CDN


SCARLETT
RL053
oil, canvas
40 x 60 in.  

$ 7500 CDN


ZHENYA
RL052
oil, canvas
46 x 36 in.  

$ 6500 CDN


PEONY I
RL051
oil, canvas
36 x 24 in.  

$ 4000 CDN


MIRROR OF NATURE: PLUMS
RL050
oil, canvas
24 x 24 in.  

$ 2000 CDN


KATE
RL043
oil, canvas
30 x 30 in.  

$ 3800 CDN SOLD


TWO POPPIES
RL039
oil, canvas
24 x 36 in.  

$ 3900 CDN


TULIPS
RL038
oil, canvas
30 x 30 in.  

$ 3800 CDN


PURPLE HYDRANGEA
RL037
oil, canvas
24 x 30 in.  

$ 3200 CDN


MYTHOLOGY NO. 6 ANGELINA JOLIE
RL033
oil, canvas
20 x 16 in.  

$ 1800 CDN


COKE ZERO
RL030
oil, canvas
10 x 8 in.  

$ 1000 CDN


MOLSON CANADIAN
RL029
oil, canvas
10 x 8 in.  

$ 1000 CDN


LUCKY LAGER
RL028
oil, canvas
10 x 8 in.  

$ 1000 CDN

Robert Lemay

THE GRID PAINTINGS: "It's interesting to revisit a subject I've often painted, using my grid technique. I've always used the grid, as artists since the Renaissance have done to scale up their images, though in these paintings I've allowed it to be seen. In the modern era the grid becomes a subject unto itself underscoring the abstraction. The frontality and regularity of the grid has been explored as a separate subject matter in contemporary art by such artists as Chuck Close, Brice Marden, and Agnes Martin.

My row by row construction of a realist image is meant to reveal the abstraction of the paint handling, the history of the technique, and to connect these with a contemporary digital environment."


I’ve spent the winter months painting large, colourful flowers and bright, clean space. The variety of shapes, colours and textures was particularly stimulating against the backdrop of that long season.

I’ve been a still life painter for thirty years. This past year, at age fifty, I decided to strip the still life to its most basic form – an object in space. No tabletop, no wall, no floor, no glass, wood, cloth, or metal. Instead these works explore a balance between what is simple and what is complex, fragile/strong, light/dark. I use the flower as an expression of form and symbol. I believe that the word is also an exhortation: flower. Even in the deepest winter, the coldest season.

- Robert Lemay, June 2013

STATEMENTS:

- There’s a new generation of painters every 20-25 years and so we continually re-negotiate reality. It’s not a fixed thing, reality, so something with a long history in humanity – the cultivation of flowers, which is something that appears in almost all cultures – seems a good place to explore one’s own vision of a particular reality, a particular way of seeing.

- The idea of the simple flower portrait is a direct approach to still life. When one ‘reads’ a still life, one sees the objects as an indication or substitute for human presence. Instead of portraits of humans, I’m painting portraits of flowers. I want to paint a flower in a way that you see there is only one quite like it.

- The scale I’m working at in these works is helping me to explore these different values, these fundamentals of painting, in a satisfying combination. Also, the increased scale of the flowers encourages me to leave more direct brushstrokes as I’m more confident I can achieve the values I want with a more direct approach.


Robert Lemay



Awards
2007   Alberta Foundation for the Arts Projects Grant
1996   Alberta Foundation for the Arts Projects Grant
1990   Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
1989   Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant


Collections
Alberta Art Foundation
Alberta Energy
Alberta Treasury Branch
Bennet, Jones, Verchere
Canada Council Art Bank
Canadian Embassy: Beijing, China; Canberra, Australia
Chevron Oil
Edmonton City Hall
Foreign Affairs
Graceland University, Lamoni, IA
Interprovincial Pipeline
Lethbridge Regional Hospital
Norcen Resources
Ocelot Energy
Shaw Communications
Suncor Energy
Westin Hotels


Exhibitions
2016       JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013       "Flower," Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2011       Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2010       "In a Narrow Space," Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
2009       Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2008       Calm Things, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2007       Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
2006       Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2005       Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2004       Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
2003       Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2002       Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
               Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2001       Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2000       Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1998       Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
               Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1997       Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1996       Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1995       Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
               Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1994       Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, AB
               Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
               Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993       Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1992       Woltjen/Udell, Edmonton, AB
1991       Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1989       Woltjen/Udell, Edmonton, AB
1988       Woltjen/Udell, Vancouver, BC
1987       Woltjen/Udell, Edmonton, AB


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
2011    “For the Love of Art” Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1999    “New Talent Invitational” Denise Bibro Fine Arts, New York City, NY
            “Alberta: Six Degrees of Separation”, Prairie Regional Art Gallery, Grand Prairie, AB
1998    “Multiple Realities” Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1997     “Still Life”, McMullen Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB


Publications
2010    Canadian Interviews. “The Moment of Astonishment: Interview with Robert Lemay.” canadianinterviews.com
2010    Ryan, Janice. “Oil Paintings Animate Common Objects,” Edmonton Journal, Friday, June 17, 2011.
2009    Notebook Magazine. V.3, Issue 8. “Shawna & Robert Lemay: Calm Things.”
2008    Bouchard, Gilbert. “Lemay Reinterprets Iconic Art in his Neutral Realist Style,”  Edmonton Journal, Friday, April 11, 2008.
2006    Bouchard, Gilbert.  “Alberta: What is Visible,” Galleries West Magazine.
2005    Bouchard, Gilbert. “Lemay Breathes New Life into Form”, Edmonton Journal. Oct 7, G8.
2005    Lemay, Shawna. “Precarious”, Artichoke. Summer,  2005, pp. 38-45.
2003    Kellog, Alan. “Catching Up With the Beautiful People”, Edmonton Journal.
2001    Bouchard, Gilbert. “Real Life Frozen in Still-Life Mastery”, Edmonton Journal. May 4, E14
1999    Gustafson, Paula. “Robert Lemay at Douglas Udell Gallery,” Asian Art News, March/April 1999
1998    Image reproduced. Alberta Views, Spring Vol. 1, No.2, pp. 15.
1996    Mandel, Charles. “Still-Life Showing so Conventional it’s Uncongenial”, Edmonton Journal.  January 25, C5.
1993    “Time is Frozen in a Painter’s Still Life Studies”, Edmonton Journal. December.
1992    “Artist Follows Cezanne’s Example”, Edmonton Journal.
1989   Beauchamp, Elizabeth. “Summer Candid Pictures Can Lift Winter Mood”,Edmonton Journal. December  2, D4.


Teaching
2007    Alberta Society of Artists, September 13, 2007
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