The Art of Velvet Brandy LeMae

biography
Velvet Brandy Delicia LeMae is a founding partner of WORKSHOP8 a family-owned architecture + interiors + graphics + art studio in Boulder Colorado. She is an accomplished artist, graphic designer, and interior designer. She has been represented by several Colorado galleries and her art has been recognized with both best in show awards and the AHAB/Neodata Fellowship. She serves as the Creative Director and Managing Partner of WORKSHOP8 a multi-disciplinary creative studio in Boulder Colorado. She holds a BACHELOR OF FINE ART, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder, 1994. She has over 24 years of project management, art and design experience.
artist statement
As a conceptual artist, I collaborate with my team to create site specific public and commissioned work in a variety of media including: murals; mosaic; permanent and temporary sculpture; interactive; found object; digital; printed; language-based; etc. I begin with a concept, a story, or a desired outcome and given the timeframe, budget, and location, I determine the best way to execute the concept in order to meet the needs of the assignment.

In conceptual art the idea is the most important aspect of the work. Most of the planning and decisions of my pieces are made beforehand and the execution is either performed by me, my team, a fabricator or some combination. I rely on a variety of high-tech and low tech methods to implement my concept-based work. I thrive on envisioning creative, fun, positive ideas and collaborating to determine the best way to execute them.

I love pop art and graphic design and my 2-D art work often relies on the use of found imagery to tell uncomplicated, affirmative stories. I utilize juxtaposition to create synergy among seemingly unrelated images and graphics. I am also fascinated with mid-twentieth century American culture and design. As a child, I couldn’t get enough of Hollywood musicals; today I am still captivated by the architecture, furniture, advertising, graphic arts, industrial design, and fine art from the period and much of my work is inspired by it.

corporate & public commissions
INTERIOR GRAPHICS  |  Flightline Ventures, 2016
COLORADO FLOOD MEMORIAL | Longmont Housing Authority, 2016
COLORADO SYMBOLS | Longmont Housing Authority, 2016
COLORADO TRIANGLES | Denver Housing Authority, 2016
PEACE GARDEN STONES | City of Boulder, 2016
YELLW & GREEN BIRDS | Denver Housing Authority, 2015
LET IT FLY MURAL | City of Boulder, 2015
SUMMER IS. . .  | Denver Art Museum, 2014
solo exhibitions
WHATTA MAN | Mercury Gallery; Boulder CO, 2016
EYE CANDY | Mercury Gallery; Boulder CO, 2004
SPUN SUGAR | Mercury Gallery; Boulder CO, 2002
ONE WOMAN SHOW | Women’s Arts Center & Gallery; Denver CO, 2000
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING | Axis Mundi Arts; Boulder CO, 2000 HEAT | Axis Mundi Arts; Boulder CO, 1999
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS | Mercury Gallery; Boulder CO, 1998
RITES OF SPRING | Mercury Gallery; Boulder CO, 1997
group exhibitions
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER | Dairy Center for the Arts; Boulder CO, 2000
COLORADO ARTISTS | The Old Firehouse Art Center; Longmont CO, 2000
CHAIRITY | Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000
ACTION EXOTICA | Bart’s Cellar; Boulder CO, 2000 (Best of Show)
HEART THROB | Women’s Art Center; Denver CO, 2000
12TH NIGHT | Angle Pines Country Club; Boulder CO, 2000
ANNUAL INVITATIONAL | Edge Gallery: Denver CO, 1999
CHAIRITY | Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999
IT’S RED | Spark Gallery; Denver CO, 1999
ANNUAL JURIED SHOW | Spark Gallery; Denver CO, 1999
DANGEROUS GIRLS | Windell Fine Art; Boulder CO, 1998
PORTRAITS: PETS AND PEOPLE | Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1996
WOMEN’S WORK | Dairy Center for the Arts; Boulder CO, 1995
INSIDE HER VOICE | Boulder Artists’ Gallery; Boulder CO, Honors Thesis Show 1994
media coverage
Let it Fly Mural Video | YOU TUBE, 2015
LeMae Explores Women’s Changing Roles in Pop Culture | DAILY CAMERA (J. Gluckstern), 2002
15 Minutes of Fame | DAILY CAMERA, 2002
One Woman Show One Woman’s Words | KWAB 1490 AM (Gina Ferrari), 2000
Domesticity Revisited | DAILY TIMES CALL (Joyce Davis), 2000
Critics’ Choice Art | DENVER ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS (Mary Chandler), 2000
Happy Daze Good Housekeeping | DAILY CAMERA (J. Gluckstern), 2000
Artist Finds Inspiration in Vintage Mag | LYONS RECORDER (Jacque Watson), 2000
Pink Pearl Society | KWAB 1490 AM (Gina Ferrari), 2000
Local Artists Turn Up the Heat | COLORADO DAILY (Mark Gelband), 1999
New Wax/Steel Works at Axis | DAILY CAMERA (Daniel Zantzinger), 1999
Dangerous Art by Dangerous Girls | BOULDER PLANET (Jennifer Heath), 1998
A Slice of Cheesecake | WESTWORD (Susan Froyd), 1998
Local Designer Brings Back the Pinup Gals | DAILY TIMES CALL (Joyce Davis), 1998
awards & grants
Best of Show, Action Erotica, 2000
Grand Prize Winner, WAC Visual Arts Contest, 2000
AHAB / Neodata Fellowship, 1999
BAC Mini Grant, 1999