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Robert Lemay, Mythology 13, Rihanna

Robert Lemay, Mythology 13, Rihanna (2014), oil on canvas [Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton AB, Jun 6-20]

Robert Lemay: 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Ex Libris

Douglas Udell Gallery
Edmonton AB – Jun 6-20, 2015

Robert Lemay, Mythology 11, George Clooney

Robert Lemay, Mythology 11, George Clooney (2015), oil on canvas [Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton AB, Jun 6-20]


Robert Lemay, Mythology 7, Beyonce

Robert Lemay, Mythology 7, Beyonce (2015), oil on canvas [Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton AB, Jun 6-20]


Robert Lemay, Mythology 10, Charlize Theron

Robert Lemay, Mythology 10, Charlize Theron (2015), oil on canvas [Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton AB, Jun 6-20]

To commemorate 30 years of painting practice, long-time gallery artist Robert Lemay has turned his attention from large florals to what blooms on the covers of fashion and lifestyle magazines. However, rather than replicate these covers as painted canvasses, Lemay has removed everything but the photographed figure.

“I’m interested in the layers of transformations,” Lemay writes on his website, “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.”

Lemay’s point about the Photoshopped image is well taken. With the advent of digital technology, an image of a Beyoncé, a George Clooney or a Charlize Theron has the potential to contain as many alterations as a painting has brushstrokes. Another analogy about such transformation might be found in the Hollywood celebrity whose face and body have been altered by innumerable surgical nips and tucks.

Michael Turner


 Mon, Jun 8, 2015