‘Menagerie’ by James Russell May

Greek and Roman mythology have long been a source for art, especially in the hands of such greats at Botticelli, Michelangelo and Titian. James Russell May (he’s sure to love that his name follows theirs) gleans mythology for inspiration as well in his latest mixed-media paintings on display in “Menagerie” at the Tim Faulkner Gallery. May’s approach is reminiscence of days past and that’s not a bad thing. He says his realistic nudes are “strongly influenced by the Academia style of the nineteenth century filtered through the eyes of an artist of the post-modern world.” Notice that while you’re looking at the art, the art is looking at you. There’s nothing passive here; May usually paints his subjects’ eyes focused directly at the viewer.


Tim Faulkner Gallery
1512 Portland Ave.

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‘Menagerie’ by James Russell May

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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