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It's interesting to revisit a subject I've often painted, using my grid technique. I've always used the grid, as artists since the Renaissance have done to scale up their images, though in these paintings I've allowed it to be seen. In the modern era the grid becomes a subject unto itself underscoring the abstraction. The frontality and regularity of the grid has been explored as a separate subject matter in contemporary art by such artists as Chuck Close, Brice Marden, and Agnes Martin. My 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.

There’s a new generation of painters every 20-25 years and so we continually re-negotiate reality. It’s not a fixed thing, reality, so something with a long history in humanity – the cultivation of flowers, which is something that appears in almost all cultures – seems a good place to explore one’s own vision of a particular reality, a particular way of seeing.

Essentially, I’m allowed under fair use exemption to copyright to make a painting of a magazine cover the same way that Andy Warhol was allowed to make a painting of a Campbell’s soup can or a Coca-cola bottle. The primary idea is of transformation. So an ink on paper photo is transformed into a unique one-of oil on canvas, which is different in scale, material, and execution from the source material. There are other issues, ie. of direct commercial substitution - an original painting does not compete with a magazine. Also fine art has been ruled to be in a separate category of goods than other commodities and to be copyright exempt for the purpose of comment.

In short, artists are allowed to depict whatever they want and are not in trademark or copyright violation especially when making a handmade, unique depiction. In my case there are noticeable differences from the original source, ie. removal of text from the cover and the aforementioned scale and material.

. Nationality is Canadian


2019 Art/Live, artist demonstrations, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2018 BEAR, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2017 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2017 Spring Show, Barbara Frigerio contempory Art, Milan, Italy
2017 CANADA 150, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 Iconic Women, Shayne Gallery, Montreal, QC
2016 Grid, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2015 Robert Lemay 30 Years, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2013 Flower, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2011 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2010 In a Narrow Space, Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
2009 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2008 Calm Things, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2007 Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
2006 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2005 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2004 Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
2003 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2002 Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
2002 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2001 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2000 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1998 Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998 Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1997 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1996 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1995 Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
1995 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1994 Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, AB
1994 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1994 Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1992 Woltjen/Udell, Edmonton, AB
1991 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1989 Woltjen/Udell, Edmonton, AB
1988 Woltjen/Udell, Vancouver, BC
1987 Woltjen/Udell, Edmonton, AB

2011 For the Love of Art, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1999 New Talent Invitational, Denise Bibro Fine Arts, New York City, NY
1999 Alberta: Six Degrees of Separation, Prairie Regional Art Gallery, Grand Prairie, AB
1998 Multiple Realities, Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1997 Still Life, McMullen Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB


Alberta Art Foundation
Alberta Energy
Alberta Treasury Branch
Bennet, Jones, Verchere
Canada Council Art Bank
Canadian Embassy: Beijing, China; Canberra, Australia
Chevron Oil
Edmonton City Hall
Foreign Affairs
Graceland University, Lamoni, IA
Interprovincial Pipeline
Lethbridge Regional Hospital
Norcen Resources
Ocelot Energy
Shaw Communications
Suncor Energy
Westin Hotels


2007 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Projects Grant
1996 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Projects Grant
1990 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
1989 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant


2016 "Affair of the Art", Edmonton Journal
2016 Fashion Magazine, "Picture Perfect: Robert Lemay's Artistic Take on Magazines"
2016 Where Magazine, Calgary, "Grid", May/June 2016
2014 Avant Magazine, interview, Vol. V, issue 2
2010 Canadian Interviews. “The Moment of Astonishment: Interview with Robert Lemay.” canadianinterviews.com
2010 Ryan, Janice. “Oil Paintings Animate Common Objects,” Edmonton Journal, Friday, June 17, 2011.
2009 Notebook Magazine. V.3, Issue 8. “Shawna & Robert Lemay: Calm Things.”
2008 Bouchard, Gilbert. “Lemay Reinterprets Iconic Art in his Neutral Realist Style,” Edmonton Journal, Friday, April 11, 2008.
2006 Bouchard, Gilbert. “Alberta: What is Visible,” Galleries West Magazine.
2005 Bouchard, Gilbert. “Lemay Breathes New Life into Form”, Edmonton Journal. Oct 7, G8.
2005 Lemay, Shawna. “Precarious”, Artichoke. Summer, 2005, pp. 38-45.
2003 Kellog, Alan. “Catching Up With the Beautiful People”, Edmonton Journal.
2001 Bouchard, Gilbert. “Real Life Frozen in Still-Life Mastery”, Edmonton Journal. May 4, E14
1999 Gustafson, Paula. “Robert Lemay at Douglas Udell Gallery,” Asian Art News, March/April 1999
1998 Image reproduced. Alberta Views, Spring Vol. 1, No.2, pp. 15.
1996 Mandel, Charles. “Still-Life Showing so Conventional it’s Uncongenial”, Edmonton Journal. January 25, C5.
1993 “Time is Frozen in a Painter’s Still Life Studies”, Edmonton Journal. December.
1992 “Artist Follows Cezanne’s Example”, Edmonton Journal.
1989 Beauchamp, Elizabeth. “Summer Candid Pictures Can Lift Winter Mood”,Edmonton Journal. December 2, D4.


2014 Inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA
2007 Alberta Society of Artists, September 13, 2007