Françoise Sullivan

Françoise Sullivan was born in Montreal, where she initially studied at the École des beaux-arts. While this unique and multifaceted artist was first recognized as a dancer and choreographer, it has been her work as a visual artist that has truly stood out over the course of her long career. She was a founding member of the Automatiste movement and one of the signatories of the Refus global.

Her works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions, including at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (1993) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2003).

She received the Paul-Émile Borduas Award in 1987 and holds honorary degrees from UQAM and Toronto’s York University. A teacher at Concordia University since 1977, Françoise Sullivan is also a sought-after jury member and lecturer, and she sits on the board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Françoise Sullivan lives in Montréal.


This work is presented in collaboration with Galerie Simon Blais.

Factsheet of the work

  • Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in., 2013
  • © Françoise Sullivan / SOCAN (2018)