Stephen May - Still There

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STUDIES II
STUDIES 1
RENAISSANCE STYLE
TOPLESS
FAT FACE
CHAGALL-LIKE
SIDEBOARD
RED SHIRT
SELF PORTRAIT IN THE CASEMENT
MOUSTACHE
SELF PORTRAIT WITH PURPLE AND GREEN
SELF PORTRAIT WITH GREEN SPIKES
AS YOU WISH
SELF PORTRAIT YA
SELF PORTRAIT - DOUBLE SIDE LIGHT
THE WILD BEAST
SELF PORTRAIT AS A DEAD MAN
HELMET
SELF PORTRAIT (GREY ON BLACK)
SELF PORTRAIT WITH PURPLE HAIR
SELF PORTRAIT SKETCHY
TOQUE
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #2
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #3
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #1
SELF PORTRAIT AT 60 #4

This is an unusual exhibition for me. I don’t normally make or choose works for an exhibition based on a theme or subject matter that connects each individual work to the others. I usually make my decisions based on whether I think each individual work is good or not. I know there are good paintings of flowers or landscapes or people’s heads just as there are not-so-good ones of those things. Most of my struggles as an artist are involved in the complex and mysterious nature of goodness.Though I do hope the works collected here are good, I think this exhibition selection is interesting as subject matter in two ways. This collection represents forty years of doing self portraits. It is arranged in roughly chronological order. I’m hoping it will have the effect of akind of time lapse record of what happens to a man’s face as he ages from 20 years old to 60 years old.

They also show a time lapse view of the changes in this particular artist’s style over that same period. I don’t pay much attention to my changing style despite being aware that it does change. I think I can attribute the changes to having been inspired by particular artists and particular art movements over the years. That inspiration is my reason for painting. A vein of goodness flows through our history.

Artists in this Exhibit