Stephen May

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DINING ROOM
DINING ROOM
BACK ROOM WINDOW, SUNNY WINTER
BACK ROOM WINDOW, SUNNY WINTER
FLOWERS BY THE SINK
FLOWERS BY THE SINK
KITCHEN SINK WITH A RED MUG
KITCHEN SINK WITH A RED MUG
BOUQUET IN A BLACK VASE
BOUQUET IN A BLACK VASE
APPLES IN A BOWL WITH FLOWERS
APPLES IN A BOWL WITH FLOWERS
WARM LIVINGROOM
WARM LIVINGROOM
DINING ROOM WITH PEONIES
DINING ROOM WITH PEONIES
PATRICK'S GARDEN
PATRICK'S GARDEN
PINK ROOF
PINK ROOF
PAINTING PLACE II
PAINTING PLACE II
WINTER BACKYARD
WINTER BACKYARD
SPRING-TOWNHOUSES AND BRANCHES
SPRING-TOWNHOUSES AND BRANCHES
BIRD
BIRD
POTATOES ON  A PLATE
POTATOES ON A PLATE
PEONIES II
PEONIES II
PINK PEONIES
PINK PEONIES
FLOWERS IN A GREEN VASE
FLOWERS IN A GREEN VASE
CLAIRE'S FLOWERS
CLAIRE'S FLOWERS
TEAPOT AND FUNNEL
TEAPOT AND FUNNEL
BALTIC VASE AND ONION
BALTIC VASE AND ONION
6 APPLES, 1 PEAR, 2 ORANGES
6 APPLES, 1 PEAR, 2 ORANGES
CANOE
CANOE
BED - HOMAGE TO WEIRATHMUELLER
BED - HOMAGE TO WEIRATHMUELLER
WALLACE SHORE
WALLACE SHORE
HUMMEL GIRL ON FENCE
HUMMEL GIRL ON FENCE
WINTER THROUGH THE WINDOW
WINTER THROUGH THE WINDOW
TOWN HOUSES, BLUE SNOW
TOWN HOUSES, BLUE SNOW
BENCH, PATIO STONES AND PURPLE ASTERS
BENCH, PATIO STONES AND PURPLE ASTERS
BIG LITTLE OWL VASE
BIG LITTLE OWL VASE
POTTED ROSE PLANT
POTTED ROSE PLANT
POTATOES
POTATOES
KNIFE EDGE SHADOW
KNIFE EDGE SHADOW
BENCH IN WINTER
BENCH IN WINTER
LAUNDRY DAY
LAUNDRY DAY
EAST WINDOW: WINTER SUN
EAST WINDOW: WINTER SUN
SHINY GREEN BOWL
SHINY GREEN BOWL
ALUMINUM BOWL ON DOILY WITH FIGURINE
ALUMINUM BOWL ON DOILY WITH FIGURINE
CHIMNEY SWEEP
CHIMNEY SWEEP
VIEW THROUGH THE STUDIO WINDOW
VIEW THROUGH THE STUDIO WINDOW
CHIMNEY SWEEP II
CHIMNEY SWEEP II
HALF A MAN
HALF A MAN
SOPHIE
SOPHIE
LACEY ON HER BACK
LACEY ON HER BACK
AMANDA
AMANDA
CLAIRE BLANCHET
CLAIRE BLANCHET
CLAIRE
CLAIRE
ALL THE KNICKKNACKS
ALL THE KNICKKNACKS
INTERIOR DINING ROOM
INTERIOR DINING ROOM
LIVING ROOM
LIVING ROOM
8 PEACHES IN A BOWL
8 PEACHES IN A BOWL
RIGHT LEANING PEAR
RIGHT LEANING PEAR
LEFT LEANING PEAR
LEFT LEANING PEAR
INTERIOR
INTERIOR
PAINTING PLACE
PAINTING PLACE
STUDIES II
STUDIES II
STUDIES 1
STUDIES 1
TOPLESS
TOPLESS
RENAISSANCE STYLE
RENAISSANCE STYLE
FAT FACE
FAT FACE
CHAGALL-LIKE
CHAGALL-LIKE
SIDEBOARD
SIDEBOARD
RED SHIRT
RED SHIRT
SELF PORTRAIT IN THE CASEMENT
SELF PORTRAIT IN THE CASEMENT
MOUSTACHE
MOUSTACHE
SELF PORTRAIT WITH PURPLE AND GREEN
SELF PORTRAIT WITH PURPLE AND GREEN
SELF PORTRAIT WITH GREEN SPIKES
SELF PORTRAIT WITH GREEN SPIKES
AS YOU WISH
AS YOU WISH
SELF PORTRAIT YA
SELF PORTRAIT YA
SELF PORTRAIT - DOUBLE SIDE LIGHT
SELF PORTRAIT - DOUBLE SIDE LIGHT
THE WILD BEAST
THE WILD BEAST
SELF PORTRAIT AS A DEAD MAN
SELF PORTRAIT AS A DEAD MAN
HELMET
HELMET
SELF PORTRAIT (GREY ON BLACK)
SELF PORTRAIT (GREY ON BLACK)
SELF PORTRAIT WITH PURPLE HAIR
SELF PORTRAIT WITH PURPLE HAIR
SELF PORTRAIT SKETCHY
SELF PORTRAIT SKETCHY
TOQUE
TOQUE
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #1
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #1
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #2
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #2
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #3
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #3
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #4
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #4

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