Ysabel LeMay

Ysabel LeMay

Austin, TX, United States

About Ysabel LeMay

The work of Austin, Texas-based visual artist Ysabel LeMay can be summed up simply: W.O.W. It stands for ‘Wonderful Other Worlds’, which she creates through the process of hypercollage. Her digitally composed panoramas of natural splendor, the real world remixed to paradisal perfection, are so vividly realized that one feels drawn to step into them.

Austin, Texas-based artist Ysabel LeMay is gaining ever-widening recognition for her digitally composed panoramas of natural richness, which she creates through the process of hypercollage. LeMay reveals the real world remixed to paradisal perfection, so vividly realized that one feels drawn to step into her immersive tableaux.

Since winning the New York KiptonART 2011 Rising Stars Program, LeMay’s work has seen more than 115 exhibitions around the globe and has been acquired for the corporate collections of Chevron, Bloomingdale’s and Bacardi, and the permanent collections at Museum of Photographic Arts and the Morris Museum. In 2013, LeMay participated in the Texas Biennial and in 2015, she represented Texas at the fourth edition of Women to Watch in Washington, D.C. In 2017, LeMay held a solo retrospective show at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey. In addition, she was commissioned by the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program for the American Institute in Taiwan. In 2018, she was a visiting instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop in New Mexico.

Growing up in Quebec, Canada, LeMay fastened her connection to the natural world at her family’s cottage in the northern wilderness of the province. But it was the jungle of the advertising world where LeMay honed her visual expression. After 15 years in the industry, she sought a more rewarding path for her creativity, refocusing initially on painting and then photography.

From there, LeMay developed her own distinctive technique, called hypercollage. Her practice, refined over more than a decade, sees her traveling the globe on photographic expeditions, accumulating vast reserves of natural imagery. These she studiously reviews, extracting elements according to her intuition and assembling them into baroque tableaux venerating the undeniable majesty and generosity of nature.

While her technique is high-tech, LeMay’s hypercollage process is instinctual and organic, allowing each piece to dictate its own destiny. From a single, simple starting point — an image, a color, an emotion — she follows a meticulous process. After first isolating and extracting elements of her photos, LeMay then weaves them together into intricate compositions of resplendent beauty.

LeMay has brought her hypercollages to a place where they now serve as records of natural splendor perpetually in motion – as expressed by an artist who herself shows no interest in standing still.

Education

1998 - 2000 Art and Painting Program, Vancouver | Emily Carr University of Art and Design
1983 - 1987 Graphic Design and Communications, Québec City | College Sainte-Foy

Exhibitions

2019
SXSW House of L group show

2018
Davis Gallery, Night Vision, winter group show
Artbash Fair, Austin East Side Studio Tour, Austin Texas
Solo Show, Montréal, Canada | Galerie de Bellefeuille
Photo London 2018, London | Catherine Edelman Gallery
AIPAD 2018 The Photography Show, New York, New York | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, West Palm Beach, Florida | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Art Palm Beach 2018, West Palm Beach, Florida | The Directed Art Modern
2017
Solo Show, Morristown, New Jersey | Morris Museum
International Art Show, Austin, Texas | POP Austin
Art Miami, Miami, Florida | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Scope Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida | The Directed Art Modern
Art Toronto, Toronto | Galerie de Bellefeuille
AIPAD 2017 The Photography Show, New York, New York | Catherine Edelman Gallery
POP Austin’s 2017 SXSW Art Hang, Austin, Texas
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, West Palm Beach, Florida | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Florida | Galerie de Bellefeuille
2016
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) “Beauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography,” San Diego, California
Art Miami, Miami, Florida | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Expo Chicago 2016, Chicago, Illinois | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Texas Contemporary, Houston, Texas | Michele Mariaud Gallery
Art Toronto, Toronto | Galerie de Bellefeuille
Art Southampton, Southampton, New York | Saatchi Art
Market Art + Design, Bridgehampton, New York | Michele Mariaud Gallery
Photo London 2016, London, United Kingdom | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Art New York, New York | Galerie de Bellefeuille
AIPAD 2016, New York, New York | Catherine Edelman Gallery and Verve Gallery of Photography
Print Auction, Houston, Texas | Houston Center for Photography
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida | Thomas Riley Studio
2015
Art Miami, Miami, Florida | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Women to Watch, Washington, D.C. | National Museum of Women in the Arts
Solo Show, Chicago, Illinois | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Solo Show, Boston, Massachusetts | Lanoue Gallery
Solo Show, Stockholm, Sweden | Couture Galleri
Expo Chicago, Chicago, Illinois | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Art Market Hamptons, Bridgehampton, New York | Michele Mariaud Gallery
AAF Hampstead, London, United Kingdom | Four Square Fine Arts
Art Miami New York, New York, New York | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Paris Photo, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, California | Michele Mariaud Gallery
AIPAD Photography Show, New York, New York | Catherine Edelman Gallery and Verve Gallery of Photography
Art Breda, Bred, Netherlands | Artitled Contemporary Art
London Art Fair, London, United Kingdom | Four Square Fine Arts
Group Show, Lima, Peru | Galeria Impakto
Group Show, Naples, Florida | Thomas Riley Studio
Group Show, Austin, Texas | Saatchi Art
Group Show, Dallas, Texas | Smink Dallas
2014
Art Miami, Miami, Florida | Catherine Edelman Gallery
AIPAD Photography Show, New York, New York | Catherine Edelman Gallery and Verve Gallery of Photography
AAF Hampstead, London, United Kingdom | Four Square Fine Arts
AAF Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China | Michele Mariaud Gallery
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida | Michele Mariaud Gallery
Art Silicon Valley, San Mateo, California | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Art Southampton, Southampton, New York | Jackson Fine Art
KunstRAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands | Artitled Contemporary Art
Paris Photo, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California | Catherine Edelman Gallery
Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands | Artitled Contemporary Art
Solo Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico | Verve Gallery of Photography
Solo Show, Naples, Florida | Thomas Riley Studio
2013
Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York, New York
AAF Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China | Living with Art Gallery
AAF New York, New York | Living with Art Gallery
Amsterdam Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands | Artitled Contemporary Art
Art Fair Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany | Artitled Contemporary Art
Art Rotterdam Week 2013, Rotterdam, Ne