Katy Lemay

Katy Lemay

(She/Her) • Laval, canada

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Biography

Lemay’s passion for visual arts spans several decades. Her degree in graphic design from The University of Quebec in Montreal gave her the base she needed to become a well-respected illustrator. She finds inspiration for her complex and collage illustrations in vintage magazines and photos, but her ultimate source of ideas comes from words. Experimental and intuitive, Lemay’s collage illustrations can be found in magazines, newspapers, in ads, and on television networks.

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Selected clients


TIME magazine, TELUS, Edelman - Communications Marketing Firm, CBC, ONF , OPRAH magazine, U of T , The Globe And Mail, Jane Hopkin , Hambly and Wooley agencie, Canadian Family, Azure magazine, Today's Parent, Benefit Selling , Québec Sciences Magazine , L'Actualité

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Katy Lemay in the Spotlight

Crée une nouvelle série d’illustrations pour la bière Unibroue - Katy Lemay - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Katy Lemay / Crée une nouvelle série d’illustrations pour la bière Unibroue

Rolling Stone Magazine/ The evolution of strong female characters on TV - Katy Lemay - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Katy Lemay / Rolling Stone Magazine/ The evolution of strong female characters on TV

Cover illustration for the Annual Report for  Le Chaînon - Katy Lemay - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Katy Lemay / Cover illustration for the Annual Report for Le Chaînon

Boston Globe Book Review - Katy Lemay - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Katy Lemay / Boston Globe Book Review

The Boston Globe / Oscar night - Katy Lemay - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Katy Lemay / The Boston Globe / Oscar night

he Globe and Mail  The strange Y2K Bug - Katy Lemay - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

The Globe and Mail The strange Y2K Bug


Katy Lemay

Your pronouns:
She/her

Where is home?
In a suburb of Montreal

Describe your style in one sentence:
Conceptual images with a surprising twist

What lights your soul on fire?
Making art with my hands, new challenges with experimentation of my artwork on different formats

What themes do you enjoy exploring?
I really like to create illustrations with archived photographs

What techniques do you use?
Collages by hand, analog techniques, watercolor, gouache

How much of yourself and your own story can we see in your work?
My clumsiness in trying to draw some parts of my artwork

Is there an unmistakable thread in your creative work?
Black and white photos, textured background

What do you want to be known for?
For my sensibility, humanity, and kindness

Which projects excite you most?
Biographic projects about women in history

What is your dream gig?
I really like when an art director gives me full trust and is excited to work with me.

Where, when and how do you best create?
I love to work late at night in my workshop (sometimes I even sleep there) and, dare I say, under pressure.

How has your style evolved since you started?
I think that it’s more straight to the point and more communicative.

What do you find most challenging in your practice or in the industry?
Coping with new demands in promoting my work on different platforms. The need to always entertain to be seen and followed.

How as being an illustrator changed your life?
It allowed me to make art and be paid for it!!!

Name a tool you can’t live without!
My scanner

Tell us about a project you worked on that was meaningful to you as an artist.
I did an art residency in a convent called “Monastère des Augustines” for 5 weeks and I did 4 major exhibits working with their archives.

What influences or inspires your art?
Louise Bourgeois, Dada, literature

What would you tell your younger self?
You are doing your best

Why do you think art speaks louder than words?
An image is a power strike to communicate a message

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