Born in 1925 in Montreal, Françoise Sullivan studied at the École des beaux-arts starting in 1940. An avant-garde and multidisciplinary artist, she met the Group of Automatists and signed the Refus global manifesto. If it is true that she is first recognized in the fields of dance and choreography, where her work gave birth to modern dance in Québec, it is the visual arts that will mark her career. Her paintings, definitely abstract and modern, are a ballet of mastered colours and touches. In 1995, Françoise Sullivan participated in the 13th International Symposium of Young Painters in Canada, thus honouring Baie-Saint-Paul artistic tradition. Her artwork has been shown in numerous individual and collective exhibitions and is included in several public and private collections. Françoise Sullivan boasts significant recognitions such as the 1987 Paul-Émile Borduas Award and the 2005 General Governor Award. She was also appointed member of the Order of Canada in 2001. Françoise Sullivan currently lives in Montreal. She has been teaching at Concordia University since 1977 and actively participates in the artistic world by giving conferences or sitting on various judges' panels.
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