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.

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.

Dictionary of Quebec Literature (1991-1995) ] 2018 | Montreal

Artwork "Consultations" by french canadian artist René Lemay was choosen to illustrate "Dictionary of Quebec Literature (1991-1995)". This dictionnary is a reference distributed in all public libraries of Quebec. 

Wearable Art | 12.12.2018 | Montréal

Artwork "Golden Fish" by artist Rene Lemay was selected by Le Galeriste for a new fashion collection. 

René a passé toute sa vie à se préparer à devenir le plus grand peintre d’Amérique ... | 2015 | Francine Allard

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.

Sur les traces de René Lemay (1934-2015) | 2018 | Montréal

When everything seems short-lived and quickly forgotten, sometimes persists an inner desire for continuance. Once human beings become dust, very few traces of their passage are left behind, aside from their direct descendants. Some traces of their lifetime achievements may remain, provided they are durable enough to avoid deterioration that would also lead to their disappearance.

Exposition solo : Les Îles, au cœur de l’œuvre de René Lemay | 2018 | Musée de la Mer | Îles-de-la-Madeleine

"On September 18, 2015, the wind blew so hard it carried me out to sea. To those who recognize my sail, I will always be there…"

La Nomade Bleue | 2018 | Musée de la Mer | Îles-de-la-Madeleine

"Nomade bleue sails the ocean. From June to October, she can be found off the Magdalen Islands, where at first she observes the sailboats, and then advancing a little nearer to the coast, watches the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Café de la Grave.
 
She listens, enchanted, to the talented singers and musicians, and then, taking a closer look, is impressed by the work of the islands’ visual artists. In October, she heads out to sea once more, bound for lands of mysterious hues and scents…" – Ann Riley 

Naufragée des mers | 2018 | Musée de la Mer | Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Naufragée des mers shows a whale being rescued by villagers. They spray water on the large mammal in the hopes of returning it safely to the sea. This monumental work and the choice of subject demonstrate the artist’s sensitive handling of this issue.

Entre ciel et mer | 2000 | Îles-de-la-Madeleine

C'est un dialogue avec la nature des Îles-de-la-madeleine, et un peu avec l'histoire et la vie quotidienne des madelinots que constituent les œuvres réalisées au cours de la troisième édition du symposium Mer Océanie, sur la mer comme au ciel. 

La La La Human Steps | 27.06.2017 | Montréal

L'oeuvre de René Lemay ne se limite pas qu'à la peinture bien qu'il soit associé à ce médium plus qu'à tous les autres. Il ne faut pas oublier que son expression artistique est une somme.

Behind the Mirror | Baie Saint-Paul | 2003

Painting is a unique form of expression; it is not always an easy feat for art amateurs to grasp the true importance of the medium and the weight of its direction and essence. It is in this intricacy that the duality and the complicity between spirit and matter make up a forum of manifestations where both complementary and opposing forces are at play. 

Canadian painter opens new horizons | 22.08.2006 | Bach Lien

Rene Lemay loves Viet Nam, and he’s not afraid to show it.

Happy Days in Viet Nam, which opened at the Viet Fine Arts Gallery last Friday, is the Canadian’s first solo exhibit in Viet Nam which promises to put audiences in touch with his feelings and emotions about Asia through 24 vibrant compositions.

René Lemay, du côté de l’orient | 2007 | Robert Bernier

Pour un artiste vivant au Québec, s’ouvrir au marché de l’art hors de la province est presque devenu une nécessité, tant il est de plus en plus difficile de vivre convenablement de son travail en offrant ses oeuvres qu’au Québec.

A Splash Of Colour - 07.19.2007 - Bangkok Post

Many artistic people are inspired either by their environment, community or the visceral emotions that centre around those two dynamics. However, a few individuals are inspired by all of the above. Canadian artist Rene Lemay's paintings revel in this chaotic mixture of feelings and intellectual discourse. 

Au peintre René Lemay | 2012 | Francine Allard

Elles ont la forme d’un hameçon et s’engloutissent dans une mer d’encre verte
Les pêcheurs lèvent le rideau sur la scène blanche
Aucun braconnier puisqu’on pourrait les apercevoir tout le tour
Pêche côtière   pêche au grand chalut   pêche littorale

René Lemay : Mort d'un artiste atypique | 2015

Le Madelinot d'adoption, qui partageait sa vie entre l'archipel et l'Asie, laisse derrière lui une oeuvre étonnante où se côtoient couleurs, vivacité, humour et transparence.

Floating Thought | Revue Parcours | John K. Grande | 2001

René Lemay’s paintings celebrate life. Whether it be a group of musicians, a bird in flight or a figure floating in space, the subject Lemay paints have all the cadence and joy of a ceremony. A ritual-like dance scene - a vision of musicians embarked on a journey at night in a boat - or a simple depiction of a rooster in a yard - all these scenes evoke the sens that they are part of some larger unrecorded event.

Les cinq mats | 2018 | Sea Museum | Magdalen Islands

With the passing years, the artist’s style became increasingly refined and stylized. Les cinq mats is an excellent example of this constant pursuit of the expressive line in its simplest and purest form.

Devant un tableau de Lemay | 16.04.1989 | Saint-Eustache

C’est Lemay
L’insaisissable et tendre créateur
Le personnage charme
L’artiste séduit

Black Wave | Musée de la Mer | Îles-de-la-Madeleine | 2013

La gestuelle des coups de spatules de l’artiste génère le mouvement de la mer houleuse. Le voilier, porté par la vague en pleine tempête, sur le point de chavirer. René Lemay s’est principalement mis à peindre des grands formats dans les dix dernières années de sa carrière.