A Solo Exhibition
Dinner 27 x 30 Graphite and gesso RENDR paper 2013
Opening reception: Fri., Feb. 7th, 7 – 10p
Meet the artist: Sat. Feb. 8th, 12 – 4p
Our culture spends a lot of time and effort displaying how to fall in lust, fall in love, and start relationships. However, it spends little time showing how to remain intimate with a long term partner. When Mayhew got married in 2013 she asked her guests to advise her how to stay happily married. The solo show, Advice, is a visual manifestation of the written advice she received. Each image depicts the concept the well-wisher was advising. From communication to what to do when leaving the house, Mayhew uses graphite and gesso on paper to depict the ideas.
Mays Mayhew is known for representational figurative narratives. These narratives start with a single element of the human condition or emotion that is personal yet universal. Universal triggers form a biographical chapter that documents time. All of the work is based around relationships. The self as it relates to self or others or a lover. The goal of each image is to create a dialog with the viewer. Mayhew paints her figures in oils for their rich pigments and draws in graphite and gesso for its simplicity.
Mays Mayhew, born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, currently lives in Chicago. She studied studio arts at UW – Madison, WI (BFA), Rhode Island School of Design, and Florence, Italy. She has had numerous solo exhibitions over the last twenty years, most notably, REFLECT, REFLECT, at the Chicago Art Loop Alliance and Pulse Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel, Miami.
Expose. 20 x 26 Graphite, gold paint Paper 2013
Departing Kiss 25 x 20 Graphite and gesso RENDR paper 2013
Communication 20 x 26 Graphite Paper 2013
Awake 28 x 20 Graphite, gold paint, and gesso Paper 2013
Friend 20.5 x 18.5 Graphite, gold paint Paper 2013
Centered 17 x 17 Graphite, gold paint Paper 2013
Forgiven 19.5 x 17.5 Graphite, gold paint Paper 2013
Mays Mayhew (born 1974) an American artist based in Chicago, Illinois, is known for her narrative paintings, mostly based on relationships. These paintings combine figurative and conceptual elements in a way that’s dramatic and beautiful.
Mays Mayhew was born on a farm in Wisconsin. She studied at University of Wisconsin – Madison, Florence, Italy, and Rhode Island School of Design. Thereafter, she lived in Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Providence. She currently resides in Chicago. She first began to paint in watercolors at age 12, then in oil paint at age 17. The artist first showed professionally in Madison, WI in 1996, at age 22. Since then, she has had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States, most notably, REFLECT, REFLECT at the Chicago Art Loop Alliance and Pulse Contemporary Art Fair during Basel, Miami. She has also participated in several group exhibitions. Mayhew’s art has been acquired by many institutions as well as private collections.