Hello. I’m Robert Lemay, an artist living in Edmonton, Canada.
I’ve been working as an artist for over 30 years and have had more than 30 solo shows and participated in multiple group shows. My work has been exhibited in Edmonton, Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, Milan, and London, England. My paintings appear in collections all over the world including the Canadian Embassy in both Beijing, China and Canberra, Australia. Shaw Communications has named a room, The Robert Lemay Room, in Shaw Court in downtown Calgary. My work is also part of the Canada Council Art Bank, and hangs at Clif Lede Wineries in Yountville, California, at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, in Edmonton’s City Hall, and in many prestigious private and corporate collections.
The beauty of painting is you’re giving a sensation parallel to life, describing something in paint which gives a different feeling than reality, yet paradoxically enhances the viewer’s experience of the world.
I’ve been back at the easel for a couple days now after two weeks in Rome which we spent looking at art. As I mentioned in an Instagram post, it’s important as an artist to see great work in person, to learn from it, and aspire to it. It’s very centring and puts it all in perspective.
Thirty five years ago, when I started painting still life, my biggest influences were painters such as David Hockney and Eric Fischl who are not even known so much for still life. I liked their style and contemporary approach.
I spent 30 years painting still life and I started pursuing other subject matter a few years ago. I’ve been waiting to have something new to say about flowers.
I believe in things that exist. When I paint a table of objects or a flower, they exist in light. So when I paint a magazine, it already exists. My looking at it, noting it, scrutinizing it, changes it. This has always been my subject. I don’t invent, I look. Things are transformed by looking.
Welcome to my new website and blog. I’ll be posting my news here every few weeks.
2018 has been off to a good start. I painted one of the largest paintings of my career as a commission for The Bison Restaurant in Banff. The painting is based on a black and white image from a Robert Redford movie with Camilla Sparv from the 60s titled Downhill Racer.