Paintings by Mays Mayhew at Four Star Gallery 

Four Star Gallery

Chicago-based oil painter Mays Mayhew centers much of her work on the chemistry between men and women. In "Natural Selection" you see a man literally flipping over his female companion. The young subjects here are convincingly represented, and the compositional choices support the conceptual content. If it were likewise for most of the paintings in the show then this would be a four star review. But this can't be said for too many of the paintings here, including "Prelude to Love." In this painting, it's a man on the ground and a woman in the air - a woman with a face that appears particularly lifeless. Elsewhere in the show, Mayhew mars good paintings with heavy applications of glitter and plastic gems on the canvas surfaces. Uncertain lines, including poorly rendered demarcations between glitter and paint, mar other works. Mayhew's a talented artist with interesting ideas but there's too much bling here, and not enough attention paid to the finer details of painting. Through March 15; 317-686-6382,

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