René Lemay

"On September 18th, 2015, the wind blew so hard that it took me away from the open sea. Those who will look for me will recognize my sails and know that I will always be around."

René Lemay (1934-2015), a self-taught contemporary realist painter, expresses joy and the here and now through various media. For over 25 years, his creative journey has guided him between Asia and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, where his workshop is open to public during summer : 1610 Chemin de l'Étang des caps.

His art has been featured in many national and international exhibitions.

This website has the goal to showcase the most exhaustive catalog of all the artworks he left behind. Most of the artworks on this website are part of private collections. 

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René Lemay artiste peintre - La Pratique - Acrylique
René Lemay artiste peintre - Aquarium - Acrylique
René a passé toute sa vie à se préparer à devenir le plus grand peintre d’Amérique ... | Francine Allard | 2015

Parce que René Lemay était un poème lui-même. Sa peinture, une charge poétique contre la tristesse du monde. Elle n’était que formes, musique, rythme et couleurs. Le piaffement des chevaux, les longues caravanes de vélos, la joyeuse lenteur  des bateaux, le sourire des femmes. Oui, les femmes. René n’aimait pas les femmes, il les vénérait, les célébrait.

René Lemay artiste peintre - Happy Roaster - Acrylique
René Lemay artiste peintre - Chevauchée astrale - Acrylique
Celebration on canvas | 1997 | Paul Gladu

Besides Pellan and a handful of “automatistes”. few artists in Québec have provided this much pleasure through their work. The Italians have their futurists and the Catalans had Miro. Luckily we have Lemay.

René Lemay artiste peintre - Consultations - Acrylique
Sérigraphie "Régate" produit par l'artiste peintre René Lemay et représentant un voilier
René Lemay artiste peintre - Les trois allures - Acrylique - 2007
René Lemay artiste peintre - Étude du visage - Acrylique
Jazz cafe in Ubud Bali

It is 7:00 pm, the rain just started to fall. I have an appointment at the Jazz café about 3 km from my place on my motorbike with my raincoat and my sketchbook. En route to the café. There are not too many patrons when I arrive.