The work displays a concern for formalist issues such as: resolution, scale, balance and proportion. That is to say, feeling and form are not mutually exclusive. Content is derived from associations within shapes, colors and the illusion of space.
Working outside of a rectangular format, avoids a framing effect, serving to extend the piece out onto its wall. The white wall is a participant in the work. White paint and the white wall combine, shifting the line between the painting and its surroundings Furthermore, the non prismatic format, suggests a work in progress or perhaps a fragment.
This work springs from sources as diverse as: Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Blinky Palermo, Wayne Thiebaud, Bonnard, Balthus and Morandi.
Although essentially a self-taught artist, Mr. May is a trained architect and holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pennsylvania where he studied painting with George Rickey, and Neil Welliver. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome where he presented a one-man show of paintings and drawings at the completion of his fellowship. In the spring of 2009 he had a solo show at Art 101 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.