Stephen May

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APPLE ON A PLATE
APPLE ON A PLATE
TABLEWARE
TABLEWARE
MY LITTLE FOREST
MY LITTLE FOREST
SPEDNIK LAKE
SPEDNIK LAKE
ALEX'S FLOWERS
ALEX'S FLOWERS
EAST WINDOW: WINTER SUN
EAST WINDOW: WINTER SUN
STUDIO WINDOW: WINTER SUN
STUDIO WINDOW: WINTER SUN
BACK ROOM
BACK ROOM
TEAPOT AND MUG
TEAPOT AND MUG
FRONT ROOM
FRONT ROOM
HAND AND MUG
HAND AND MUG
TV ROOM
TV ROOM
PIANO
PIANO
HAMMOCK
HAMMOCK
VAN GOGH CUP AND SPOON
VAN GOGH CUP AND SPOON
NANCY
NANCY
ALAN
ALAN
MIKE
MIKE
KATE
KATE
UNTITLED (TRUCK)
UNTITLED (TRUCK)
TREES IN THE RIVER
TREES IN THE RIVER
WALKING BRIDGE FROM THE TURRET ROOM
WALKING BRIDGE FROM THE TURRET ROOM
STE ANNE'S  POINT FROM CARLETON PARK
STE ANNE'S POINT FROM CARLETON PARK
RABBIT TOWN- LAST OF THE SNOW
RABBIT TOWN- LAST OF THE SNOW
CACTUS, HEAD, BRUSHES, APPLES AND SHELL
CACTUS, HEAD, BRUSHES, APPLES AND SHELL
DINING ROOM WITH GERANIUM
DINING ROOM WITH GERANIUM
POTATOES ON A PLATE
POTATOES ON A PLATE
FIRST SNOW THROUGH THE STUDIO WINDOW
FIRST SNOW THROUGH THE STUDIO WINDOW
BACK ROOM WINDOW: SUNNY WINTER
BACK ROOM WINDOW: SUNNY WINTER
SIDE OF THE STUDIO WITH GARDEN BENCH
SIDE OF THE STUDIO WITH GARDEN BENCH
ECHO IN THE DRIVE II
ECHO IN THE DRIVE II
WINTER THROUGH THE WINDOW
WINTER THROUGH THE WINDOW
SAINT JOHN RIVER IN THE FALL
SAINT JOHN RIVER IN THE FALL
HAYES FARM
HAYES FARM
TRELLIS WITH HONEYSUCKLE
TRELLIS WITH HONEYSUCKLE
KNIFE EDGE SHADOW
KNIFE EDGE SHADOW
BENCH AND PHLOX
BENCH AND PHLOX
TWO BOWLS OF PEACHES
TWO BOWLS OF PEACHES
TEAPOT AND FUNNEL
TEAPOT AND FUNNEL
CLEMENTINES, SODA AND TUPPERWARE
CLEMENTINES, SODA AND TUPPERWARE
TEA AND TOLSTOY
TEA AND TOLSTOY
3 SQUASH AND A MARBLE
3 SQUASH AND A MARBLE
SQUASH SIDE LIGHT
SQUASH SIDE LIGHT
SQUASH BACK LIGHT
SQUASH BACK LIGHT
SQUASH FRONT LIGHT
SQUASH FRONT LIGHT
FRIEND'S ART DAY
FRIEND'S ART DAY
DEAD BIRD
DEAD BIRD
KITCHEN SINK WITH A RED MUG
KITCHEN SINK WITH A RED MUG
FLOWERS BY THE SINK
FLOWERS BY THE SINK
WARM LIVINGROOM
WARM LIVINGROOM
PATRICK'S GARDEN
PATRICK'S GARDEN
PINK ROOF
PINK ROOF
BOUQUET IN A BUCKET
BOUQUET IN A BUCKET
PAINTING PLACE II
PAINTING PLACE II
WINTER BACKYARD
WINTER BACKYARD
SPRING RIVER
SPRING RIVER
PEONIES II
PEONIES II
PINK PEONIES
PINK PEONIES
CLAIRE'S FLOWERS
CLAIRE'S FLOWERS
BALTIC VASE AND ONION
BALTIC VASE AND ONION
CANOE
CANOE
WALLACE SHORE
WALLACE SHORE
HUMMEL GIRL ON FENCE
HUMMEL GIRL ON FENCE
BIG LITTLE OWL VASE
BIG LITTLE OWL VASE
BENCH IN WINTER
BENCH IN WINTER
LAUNDRY DAY
LAUNDRY DAY
CLAIRE'S GARDEN
CLAIRE'S GARDEN
SHINY GREEN BOWL
SHINY GREEN BOWL
POTATOES
POTATOES
ALUMINUM BOWL ON DOILY WITH FIGURINE
ALUMINUM BOWL ON DOILY WITH FIGURINE
CHIMNEY SWEEP II
CHIMNEY SWEEP II
HALF A MAN
HALF A MAN
LACEY ON HER BACK
LACEY ON HER BACK
AMANDA
AMANDA
CLAIRE BLANCHET
CLAIRE BLANCHET
ALL THE KNICKKNACKS
ALL THE KNICKKNACKS
APPLES IN A BOWL WITH FLOWERS
APPLES IN A BOWL WITH FLOWERS
LIVING ROOM
LIVING ROOM
8 PEACHES IN A BOWL
8 PEACHES IN A BOWL
TOPLESS
TOPLESS
SIDEBOARD
SIDEBOARD
SELF PORTRAIT IN THE CASEMENT
SELF PORTRAIT IN THE CASEMENT
SELF PORTRAIT WITH GREEN SPIKES
SELF PORTRAIT WITH GREEN SPIKES
SELF PORTRAIT YA
SELF PORTRAIT YA
SELF PORTRAIT - DOUBLE SIDE LIGHT
SELF PORTRAIT - DOUBLE SIDE LIGHT
SELF PORTRAIT (GREY ON BLACK)
SELF PORTRAIT (GREY ON BLACK)

ARTIST PROFILE

Stephen May was born in Témiscaming, Quebec in 1957. In 1976, after one year of study in the Photographic Arts Program at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Stephen began to attend art classes at the Ottawa School of Art. Three years later he enrolled in the Fine Arts program at Mount Allison University, from which he graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During his fourth year of study, while in the process of creating a landscape painting, he came to understand the relationship between the success of a painting and the spirit of the painter. Stephen realized that drawing and painting were the media most natural to him. His convictions in that respect remain strong to this day.

Following his formal education, Stephen travelled through Europe for eight months exploring collections of great art to deepen his appreciation and knowledge. On his return from Europe, he accepted a seasonal position with Theatre New Brunswick as a prop builder, allowing him five months per year to pursue painting full time. After being awarded a Canada Council “B” grant in 1992, Stephen was able to take a one-year sabbatical from Theatre New Brunswick which provided a stepping stone to his decision to resign and paint full time, which he has been successfully doing since 1996.

Stephen has been a resident of Fredericton since 1984. In that time, he has exhibited extensively, been an active member of the arts community both professionally and as a volunteer, blessed with two daughters, and formally recognized as one of the province's most respected painters. Gallery 78 has represented Stephen since he assumed residency in Fredericton, and has presented many solo and group exhibitions of his work. In 2006 the Beaverbrook Art Gallery presented Stephen May: Embodiments, a solo retrospective, and in April 2007 Stephen was awarded the prestigious Miller Brittain Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

Nikki Thériault speaks with Stephen May on why he painted "Self Portrait on Toilet"

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I really just try and make good paintings and drawings, beautiful ones. What that means, exactly, I’m not sure. When it happens, though, it tends to be obvious. The 18th century French painter, Chardin, said you use colours, but you paint with feeling. I understand what he means.

Stephen May

Stephen May, CV