Françoise Sullivan

Nov. 24, 2010 to Jan. 15, 2011

Françoise Sullivan’s exhibition, entitled Rouges, displays over twenty recent paintings, a number of them large in size while others, in contrast, are very tiny. Each takes part in a sensual and conceptual exploration of the colour red. The paintings are made in such a way that the brightness of the lighter reds that seem to have been applied first to the surface of the canvas persists in standing out through the subsequent layers of the darker hues. In the distant reaches of the painting’s depths, the remembrance of light is possible. Through studying the lights and half shadows of the landscapes of Greece by means of work in pastels, Françoise Sullivan returned to painting at the beginning of the 1990s, galvanized by an absolute abstraction refined to the point of monochromism, obsessed by the light streaming within and through colour. As a result, she has since focused on the qualities intrinsic to the medium of painting: colour, as well as the transitions from one colour to another, texture, the size of the surface to be painted and the edges that delimit its boundaries. (Excerpt from Rouges: Lighting Up Painting, by Ève Dorais)

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