Known for his large inkjet prints of landscapes, skies, or Hebrew and Arabic-like texts cast in a rich mottled black, Eugene Lemay presents viewers with a string of somber visual riddles. He creates a tapestry of indiscernible marks that conjure notions of remembrance tied to a vivid, almost visceral sense of terrain that emulates the silent, mysterious effect of the night. Once a Navigator in the Israeli army, Lemay is painfully aware that wars are frequently fought over issues of territory. The artist's obsessive, lightless works are not celebratory, rather they possess a dualistic quality hovering between commemoration and protest. He achieves an overall effect that is one of awe and reflection, where the corporeality of the handwritten word intersects with the cool order of our technological age; Lemay literally seamlessly merges the two.
Eugene Lemay was named in Art & Auction magazine's Power 100 list in 2013. He has exhibited his works worldwide, including shows in Holland, Israel, Germany, Dubai, and the United States. Lemay recently founded the Middle East Centre for the Arts (MECA), an exhibition space and residency program where Jewish an Arab artists work and exhibit together. He currently lives and works in New Jersey.