2018 So Far

Big Screen TV – Robert Lemay Exhibition at The Front Gallery, March 22, 2018

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

Downhill Racer

I participated in a group show in Banff at Canada House Gallery titled, “Bear.” I had six paintings of wildlife magazine covers featuring bears. It was rewarding to explore a theme in depth. 

I realized that of all the bears, I’m partial to polar bears, with the spirt or Kermode bear a close second. White is one of my favourite tones and polar bears offer many opportunities to paint different shades of it.

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In March my show titled, “Big Screen TV" opened at The Front Gallery in Edmonton. After showing for 30 years at the Douglas Udell Gallery which closed in 2016, this was my first solo show at another gallery in Edmonton. 

I was thrilled with the new space and the reaction the work got. I’d been planning and painting for the show for almost a year. To see the works hanging together and conversing with each other in a large space is always a great experience for an artist. At home in the studio you can only get so far back. An exhibition and hanging is a bit of a work of art unto itself, and is so ephemeral. These works will have been seen together in this particular way only this once, so having an exhibition, even though I’ve had over thirty of them, is still a very special moment for an artist.  

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Shawna Lemay