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 upon appointment 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

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 - Aquarium - Acrylique
René Lemay artiste peintre - Happy Roaster - Acrylique

Bali - Indonésie

Aujourd’hui, samedi le 29, c’est la journée la plus excitante de mon voyage. La température est extrêmement chaude et humide. Jean, avec qui j’ai pris une longue marche hier, m’apprend qu’il a une fièvre, il décide de remettre notre rendez-vous. 

René Lemay artiste peintre - Chevauchée astrale - Acrylique
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

Dancing | December 5th 1998 | Bali

I went to see a dance called Gong. It was held in a courtyard of the ancient Ancak Sali built in the 16th century and located in Ubud. First of all the ambiance in this palace: there is a large central door hand sculpted. The dancers are not very tall. What is the most amazing t is to look at all of these flamboyant colors inlaid with gold thread, to witness the magic of the hand and eyes movements done with such harmony.

René Lemay artiste peintre - Étude du visage - Acrylique