Françoise Sullivan, ‘Mardi’, 2006, Galerie Simon Blais

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About Françoise Sullivan

A dancer, sculptor, and painter, Françoise Sullivan was associated with the Automatistes, a group founded in the 1940s by Paul-Émile Borduas who transposed the idea of stream-of-consciousness writing onto the canvas; she was a signatory of the group’s 1948 manifesto, Refus Global. Sullivan is known to challenge the boundaries between different artistic disciplines, whether working with the written word, dance, photography, or painting. She wrote a text on dance in which she stressed the importance of the spontaneous expression of emotions and internal energy. Later finding herself limited by family responsibilities, she sought another form of artistic expression and began welding metal sculptures, which she conceived of as extensions of choreographic movement. Having returned to abstract paintings—the first of which were influenced by Fauvism and Cubism—Sullivan continues to explore color, form, light, and movement.

Canadian, b. 1923, Montreal, Canada, based in Montreal, Canada