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Mystery Woman 1
30" x 24"
Oil on Canvas
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Mystery Woman 1
Mystery Woman 2
Felicity Jones
Summer II
Eileen
Cara
Alexa
Dree
Veronique
Alice
Cafe Reflections
Anne
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Lilies and Chinese Vases
40" x 48"
Oil on Canvas
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Lilies and Chinese Vases
Two White Poppies
Spring Roses
Spring Roses
Grapes in a Red Glass Bowl
Ballet Study
Nest I
Two Yellow Roses
Tulips in Silver Cup
Tulips in Crystal Glass
Two Red Roses
Pansies and Petunias
Petunias
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ROBERT LEMAY

Robert Lemay’s 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. hi is interested in the layers of transformations – from the transformation of the model, to the photoshopped image, which then becomes a ubiquitous image seen in grocery store aisles and on coffee tables. Unlike the mass produced glossy magazine cover, paint is a kind of skin, a unique surface.

 

In his series, “Grid,” Robert paints square by square, row by row. The painting may appear digitized but is meticulously hand painted. He has always used the grid to scale up in his photos but leaving traces of the process creates a tension between the image and the squares of tone and colour which are reassembled by the eye.

 

The use of ‘found’ imagery echoes Warhol’s use of tabloid photographs of Liz, Marilyn and Elvis and also the early paintings of Gerhard Richter who also employed the strategy of using newspaper images as his source material.