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Mays Mayhew

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20100930144848-2010
Love Net, 9/2010 Oil Paint On Canvas 24*28 © 2010
20100930150254-2010
Vortex, 2010 Oil Paint On Canvas 48 X 42" © 2010
20100930150100-2010
Magnet, 2010 Oil Paint On Canvas 30" X 30" © 2010
2008
Pudding, 2008 Oil Paint 44" X 28"
20140124074627-2013
Dinner, 2013 Graphite And Gesso Rendr Paper 27 X 30 © Courtesy of the Artist and AdventureLand Gallery
20140124074923-2013
Departing Kiss , 2013 Graphite And Gesso Rendr Paper 25 X 20 © Courtesy of the Artist and AdventureLand Gallery
20190324190432-img_7251
Twin Play Graphite On Paper 4x6"
20190324190454-2018
Sweeter Then Sweet 24x36"
20190324190454-2018
Eve Graphite On Paper 24x36"
20190324190456-2018
Hide. Hide. Graphite On Paper 24x36"
20190324190459-2018
Hindsight Graphite On Paper 24x36"
20190324190505-2018tony2
Tony
20190324190532-2014_drawings_6x4_twin_act
Twin Act Graphite On Paper
20190324190545-2014_drawings_6x4_twin_tired
Twin Tired Graphite On Paper 4x6"
20190324190549-2014_drawings_6x4_twin_reflect_reflect_sketch
Twin Reflect Graphite On Paper 4x6"
20190324190553-2014_twin_gossip_drawings_6x4
20190324190602-2015
20190324190621-2015
20190324190626-2015
20190324190636-2015
20190324190046-mays_mayhew_1
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Port Washington, WI
Birth year
1974
Lives in
Aurora, IL
Works in
Aurora, IL
Schools
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), 2001
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998, BFA
DePaul University, 2004
Tags
oil painting, paintings, chicago artist, Art, artist, new paintings realism, modern, figurative, conceptual
Address
2525 Coach and Surrey Ln
60506 Aurora
IL
US
About Mays Mayhew

Figurative artist drawing familiar stories (maybe yours) on paper/canvas

People who view my work, often say that my work creates a story that reflects their own. Quite often that story is one of overcoming a struggle or peaceful nostalgia.

I am Mays Mayhew, and I create artwork that helps people immerse themselves in stories of overcoming and introspection. The works are skillfully drawn images of women. The repeated figures tell stories in a simple beautiful way. Repetition causes dualities. -Dualities like the literal drawn image juxtapose with the untold story behind the work. I use graphite pencils for the hauntingly beautiful silver monochromic environment they create. 

About me: My rural background is grounded in work-ethic-driven farm life. Although a city-dweller for most of my adult life, the farm work ethic enabled a dual career.

After art school, I balanced a corporate career while continually producing art. Now, I am a professional full-time artist balanced with creating a homestead and homeschooling young children.

If you’d like to have a piece of artwork that elicits conversation or shows your struggle or strength then click here to view my gallery.

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