March 31, 2018: Spring Art Walk, Beaudry Gallery, Dallas, TX
June 7, 2018: Artist Talk, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
About the Artist
Emilie Mae is an American abstract painter living and working in Vancouver. Drawing on the tradition of Abstract Expressionism, Mae uses palette knives and material texture to create energetic compositions from intuitive, painterly gesture.
Technique, environment, and concept work in tandem toward the artist’s expressive style. For Mae, the draw of the palette knife is its insistence on the confidence of its wielder: each application of paint builds to rhythmic intensity; each stroke must be bold and considered. The artist’s abstractions marry the seemingly incompatible palettes associated with her experience of living in three radically different locales: Vancouver, Detroit, and Kauai, Hawaii, where she first began experimenting with a palette knife. Working en plein air in Hawaii formed a foundation for Mae’s playful twists on the drama of monochrome: highly contrasted sweeps of white and black are intercut with surprising and lively colour. Mae’s deep appreciation for poetry further knits together process and resulting image, with subtle symbolic forms echoing throughout each piece. Her markings are curiously universal, recalling tropical foliage as much as they do light breaking through a horizon, or tracks through snow.
Mae's work has been exhibited extensively throughout Michigan and the greater US, and is in private, public, and corporate collections including those of Henry Ford Hospital and the Bank of Ann Arbor. Notable exhibition venues include the Museum of New Art, the Ella Sharp Museum, and Michigan State College of Law, in addition to Mae’s gallery representation at Galerie Camille (Detroit, MI), Beaudry Gallery (Dallas, TX), and River’s Edge Gallery (Wyandotte, MI).