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Edmund Alleyn

Born in Quebec City in 1931, Edmund Alleyn attended the École des beaux-arts in Quebec City and studied with the painter Jean-Paul Lemieux.

Remarkably versatile, Edmund Alleyn was an innovator whose stylistically diverse paintings, drawings and multimedia installations are all critically regarded as superb examples of their genre. An intellectual painter, his oeuvre resonates with the tensions that exist between the figurative and non-figurative, sometimes playfully marrying Pop and Formalist art together. In his later work, he invoked an elegiac, cinematic quality, inviting viewers to locate their place within his work.

By the age 24, the mercurial artist won the Grand Prix aux Concours artistiques de la province de Québec and a grant from the Royal Society enabling him to move to France in 1955. He won a bronze medal at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1959 and the following year he represented Canada at the Venice Biennial. His art is collected by the most prestigious institutions in the contemporary art scene as well as by private collectors in North America and Europe.

Edmund Alleyn passed away in Montreal in 2004.

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