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
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.