This Week’s Triptych Artist: D.E. May

Time is important to D.E. May. His work resembles found objects and documents for some long-ago half-completed project. It is difficult to tell which marks were left by a previous writer and which were added by the artist’s own hand. Using paper, cardstock, cardboard and a variety of other common materials, May explores universal ideas of history and memory on the personal scale.

D.E. May lives and works in Salem, Oregon and has exhibited widely in state and throughout the country. He is included in numerous public collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Boise Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum, as well as the private collections of Blake Byrne, Werner Kramarsky, Beth DeWoody, Brad Cloepfil and Driek & Michael Zirinsky. May has been written about in Artforum, Artweek and New American Paintings. He is represented by PDX Contemporary gallery.

May received a 2013 Hallie Ford Fellowship, was one of seventeen Oregon Artists in the PORTLAND2014 Biennial and he is currently exhibiting in a solo show at LAXART in Los Angeles, CA. 

D.E. May Untitled, 2003 Cardboard and graphite 12” x 12”

D.E. May
Untitled, 2003
Cardboard and graphite
12” x 12”

D.E. May TESTBED (Q), 2014 found papers and materials, cardboard, plaster of Paris, acrylic, watercolor, ink and graphite 6” x 4” x 9/16"

D.E. May
TESTBED (Q), 2014
found papers and materials, cardboard, plaster of Paris, acrylic, watercolor, ink and graphite
6” x 4” x 9/16″

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