Michelle Eva May is a passionate South African painter based in the UK who has exhibited her work nationally. She works in mixed media, employing layering techniques, strong colour contrasts and dripping paint to compose a resonating balance of elegance and grit. Her compositions ultimately counter the traditional notion of portraiture, revealing internal layers of the human experience—including her own—with emotion and power.
Michelle works in mixed media, using layering techniques, strong contrasts, vibrant colours and dripping paint to create a resonating and powerful combination of balance, elegance and grit.
Her compositions counter the traditional notion of portraiture, presenting a contemporary cropped window into the dark and light world which she captures as a 'construct' of her own emotional journey. She shares that rare ability to present an emotional connection to the real world, through a combination of vulnerability and strength; plus also portray the dreamlike state of mortality and the subconscious.
Her work often evokes an emotional response from her audience through its sensual and dreamlike aesthetic.
National School of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa