Françoise Sullivan ARC / RCA
Françoise Sullivan is a multidisciplinary artist (dance, painting, sculpture) born in Montreal in 1923. After completing studies in plastic arts at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1940-1945), she left for New York to study modern dance with Franziska Boas, Martha Graham and Louis Horst. Back in Montreal in 1947, she joined the Automatists with whom she co-signed the ‘’Refus global’’manifesto and included in it ‘’La Danse et l’espoir’’, a major text she authored on contemporary dance. In the 60’s, she dedicated herself to steel and plexiglass sculpture. The following decade, she undertook several trips to Greece and Italy where she explored conceptual art. In the 80’s, she returned to painting, first with artworks inspired by ancient mythology. Later, she initiated a long quest on abstract art which still continues. Simultaneously, from 1977 to 2009, she taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. Françoise Sullivan is the recipient of many prizes and honours: prix Paul-Émile-Borduas, Order of Canada, Chevalière de l’Ordre du Québec, Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts and Gershon Iskowitz Prize. Her artworks have been exhibited in Canada and abroad (United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Japan). Her work was featured in two retrospectives (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec) and continues to be exhibited in museums.
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