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I am a surrealist painter focusing on the female form and I explore themes of solitude, sorrow, love and human interaction, among others. Influenced by Dalì, Goya and Bacon my technique is in constant evolution as I believe that I can always learn more and get better. I work with acrylics and oils.
May Heathen starts to develop an interest in visual expression from an early age, following in her mother’s footsteps, as her imagination proves to be her best friend. She grows up in an environment where being a girl is not something to be proud of and it imprints on to her internal visual world up to a point where artistic expression becomes the only sanctuary and safe haven. She discovers Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya and Francis Bacon and becomes fascinated with the deviations of the human mind. At the center of her research gets carefully placed the female, androgynous sometimes but never male. As May grows so do her girls as they become her self portraits and means of communication with the outside world and her work can be viewed as an open diary for the viewer to read and interpret freely. She explores themes of love, sorrow, human interaction, self-awareness and motherhood, among others.
As a self taught artist May explores various mediums and techniques and eventually chooses acrylics as her drug of choice. Every now and then she also takes up oil paints and is seeking to implement them in to her daily practice. Her work is figurative with preference for portrait and holds focus on the female world as she hones her skills with research of the old masters’ techniques and also contemporary artists.
She exhibits publically for the first time in 2008 in Berlin with the Infantellina Contemporary Gallery in their group show “18 x 18 18 Artists for 18th October”. Soon follows her first solo show “Carnival 23” in her hometown Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the AKC Metelkova Mesto (an alternative culture centre that developed on a former army barracks compound when it was squatted in and taken over by a group of underground artists back in the 90’s). Both exhibitions are an important milestone for May. She then moves her life and art practice to Italy where she goes on to successfully exhibit in various locations, Rome and Milan included. Her work has been published by Out Of Step Books through their Inspirational Art Books series. She has also participated in Out Of Step Gallery’s annual Coaster show (Sept - Nov 2019). In October of 2019 she becomes an official member of the Dark Art Movement and is a contributing artist to Aeon Gallery’s group show “Exodus” (March - May 2020).