Oil on canvas with elegant frame.

Monique Harvey was born in a popular neighborhood on Notre-Dame Street in Montreal. Curiously, his career begins with a simple painting class for the sole purpose of relaxing his work as a photographer. At the age of twenty-eight, Monique Harvey ended up finding her vocation. Thereafter, she took drawing and painting classes, some of which were related to the Certificate in Fine Arts at the Université de Sherbrooke, which she completed in 1980. Nevertheless, she considers that her approach is largely self-taught.

In 1983, she participated in a first group exhibition at the Old Port of Montreal. This talented and charismatic artist stands out quickly. However, it was in April 1984 that she took off when she exhibited at the International Arts Festival held at the Palais des congrès in Montreal. Also in 1984, Monique Harvey participated in an exhibition gathering seven painters, at the Old Presbytery of Saint-Bruno. That same year, she won the Montreal Businessmen’s Award at an exhibition held as part of the Mont-Tremblant Festival of Colors. In 1986, she exhibited solo at the Maison d’art Saint-Laurent and in a duo at the Galerie Bernard Larocque in Rimouski. In 1987, she exhibited as a group at the Galerie L’Heureux in Trois-Rivières and then as a solo artist at Galerie L’Autre Equivoque in Ottawa. In October 1987, she held a major solo exhibition at the Minigal Gallery in Montreal. In 1989, she exhibited at the Whitten Gallery (spring), at the Hollander York Gallery in Toronto (solo-autumn) and participated in the exhibition “Women Painters in Quebec” at the Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Museum in Montreal (June to September). The same year, the same museum invites him to a retrospective of his works while all his production was spread over a period of four years.

From 1989, painting became a way of life for Monique Harvey.
Monique Harvey was swept away by cancer in November 2001 at the age of 51. It leaves behind a vibrant pictorial heritage, abundant in color and form, showing great sensitivity.


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