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

Garder en vie la mémoire | Entrevue à Radio-Canada Première | 2018

Pendant plus de 25 ans, René Lemay s'est consacré à la peinture. Il a produit de nombreuses oeuvres - peintures, dessins, lithographies, sculptures - d'une grande beauté. Nombre d'entre elles ont été vendues, données, dispersées. Le décès du peintre, en 2015, a été un moment déclencheur pour son fils Yann Beauregard-Lemay. Confronté à la disparition de son père d'un côté et à la présence de son oeuvre qui lui survit de l'autre, ce dernier a décidé d'entreprendre un vaste projet de préservation de la mémoire de son père. 

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

Magdalen's Silkscreen | For sale 150$ | 2016

René Lemay began his artistic career with silkscreen printing. In the 1980s, he established a fine art publishing house, Maylude, which allowed him to print several hundred copies of his watercolours. These works are more figurative than the acrylics presented in this exhibition.

René Lemay artiste peintre - Étude du visage - Acrylique