Joan LeMay is big on creating gouache pet and person portraiture for her clients and herself, and loves doing portrait illustration work for outlets such as Lenny Letter, Racquet Magazine, Paste Magazine and others.
Her work often features a wallpapered background that communicates something about the subject. She also loves painting non-representationally, and works emotionally-charged, action-based abstract elements into her practice. She's interested in pattern, gesture, cheek circles and Byzantine halos.
Her work has been exhibited in Houston, Texas (Blaffer Gallery), Pomona, CA (Glass House), Koln, Germany (Kunst Kunst Gallery), Los Angeles, CA (Showboat Gallery, Unitard Gallery, Four Eyes Art Collective), Seattle, WA (Tether Gallery, Velouria, Solo, Crocodile Cafe', The Anne Bonney, Ghost Gallery, Derek Erdman's International House of Paintings), Portland, OR (PDX Salon, Mississippi Studios, The Woods, Tiga, Disjecta Contemporary Art, Albina Press), Anacortes, WA (Cascadia Contemporary Art), Austin, TX (Monstrosity Gallery) and New York City, NY (Holiday House NYC, Brouwerij Lane, Oslo, HiFi).
Her paintings have appeared in Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy, Juxtapoz and other publications.
Her album artwork appears on LPs by Benjamin Gibbard, Laura Gibson, Dave Depper, Jennifer O'Connor, The White Papers, and others.
She is currently creating artwork for the upcoming documentary film "It's Not A Burden", produced and directed by the Emmy-nominated team at Greenie Films.
She is also, and always, taking portraiture commissions for pets, people and places, and continues to illustrate for multiple outlets from her studio in Santa Fe, NM.
“I’ve seen scarier.”--John Waters on Joan’s portrait of him
“I love the painting, it’s just perfect”--Amy Sedaris on Joan’s portrait of her
“I love this! Thank you!”--New York Magazine Art Critic Jerry Saltz on the unsolicited portrait Joan painted of him