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arthur may
updated: 05/04/2011
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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878
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876
883
891
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897
968
986
985
957
987
953
492
532
 
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878 by arthur may
878
oil on coated paper
2010
23 " x  23 " 
881 by arthur may
881
oil on coated paper
2010
23 " x  23 " 
876 by arthur may
876
oil on coated paper
2010
23 " x  23 " 
883 by arthur may
883
oil on coated paper
2010
23 " x  23 " 
891 by arthur may
891
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
892 by arthur may
892
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
897 by arthur may
897
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
968 by arthur may
968
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
986 by arthur may
986
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
985 by arthur may
985
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
957 by arthur may
957
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
987 by arthur may
987
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
953 by arthur may
953
oil on coated paper
2010
23" x  23" 
492 by arthur may
492
oil on canvas
2008
24" x  24" 
532 by arthur may
532
oil on canvas
2008
24" x  24" 

Artist Statement
 

ON PROCESS

These drawings employ a somewhat unique methodology. Although they may look like conventional black ink on a white ground, they are actually the opposite; white oil paint on a coated black paper.

This technique creates many opportunities not otherwise available. The drawings are allowed to evolve over a period of time, up to four days, until the oil paint sets. Changes are possible in a way that does not lose a sense of spontaneity. Lines and shapes may be crafted with great exactitude. And finally it affords great flexibility to move back and forth between positive and negative imagery and space. The opportunities for change are available to a degree heretofore more common in painting. The square format further enhances flexibility with regard to orientation. That is to say, the drawing may be resolved in any one of four directions.

 

Artist Bio / CV
ARTHUR MAY

Although essentially a self-taught artist, Mr. May is a trained architect and holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pennsylvania where he studied painting with George Rickey, and Neil Welliver. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome where he presented a one-man show of paintings and drawings at the completion of his fellowship. In the spring of 2009 he had a solo show at Art 101 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.