Unripened Fruit, Michael May

Since graduating from Miami University in 2010, Michael May has been painting, drawing and teaching art at several universities in the Midwest and now in the Southeast. Currently he teaches Drawing and Painting at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. His recent work uses subtle humor and cultural symbols to tell stories that are not funny. He still proudly wears his Miami University t-shirts and defends his alma mater from all the Hurricane fans.

This painting is part of the Garden Party series which tells the story of a bad person who achieves a position of power and ultimately does good things. This image is part of a subset of images that represent the journey to the protagonist’s position of authority through beautiful pattern and things that grow which are not naturally in a state of usefulness.