Jennifer Hornyak

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Jennifer Hornyak was born in England, where she studied at the Grimsby School of Art before coming to Canada. For more than forty years, her work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries across North America, at international art fairs, and in many corporate collections. She works and lives in Montreal.

Hornyak is known for her vivid and distinctly textured paintings that blur the line between figuration and abstraction. Drawing inspiration from her surroundings, she creates work that is both intimate and universal. Through both colour and texture, Hornyak builds a structure for each painting that emanates a still life motif.

“Regardless of my intentions, the final shape of each flowerpot is a direct reflection of my mood. The objects may be the same, but how I paint them entirely depends on how I feel about the world that day. ”
She uses areas of pale and deep hues to build up a well-integrated negative space that surrounds her freely-rendered floral still life subjects. The spontaneous brushwork and undiluted colour are reminiscent of the Fauve group of painters of a century ago.

She lives and works in Montreal.


Her way of applying paint is inimitable, and her paintings can be recognized with a blink of an eye. Her style wears the mark of a great artist, both intimate and universal. Mostly known for her abstracted still-lives, Jennifer Hornyak draws inspiration from what surrounds her, and her paintings are revealing sophisticated colors and generous textures.


2006       Visual Arts, Montréal with Harold Klunder.
2004       Philadelphia Academy of Arts, with Timothy Hawkesworth
1991       Vermont Studio Colony, with James Rosen and Judy Rifka.
1988       Tuscan Seminar, Italy, with Elizabeth Lyons
1987       Vermont Studio Colony, with Stanley Boxer, George McLean, Elmer Bischoff
1961       Arrives in Canada and continues her studies:
                -McGill University
                -Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
                -Centre Saidye Bronfman
1957-59 Grimsby School of Art, Angleterre

Selected Solo Exhbitions

2018  Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield
2017  Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
          Wallace Galleries, Calgary
2016 Studio 21 Fine Arts, Halifax
2015 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2015 Wallace Galleries, Calgary
2015 McClure Gallery, Montreal
2014 Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield
2013 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2013 Wallace Galleries, Calgary2011 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2011 Galerie St-Laurent Plus Hill, Ottawa
2011 Wallace Galleries ltd, Calgary
2010 Trinity Galleries, Saint-John
2006 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal
2004 Studio 24, Halifax 
2003 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal
1998 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal. 
1995 Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco.
1994 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal. 
1991 Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco.
1987 Nancy Poole Studio, Toronto. 
1985 Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montréal.
1983 Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montréal.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  What’s New?, Centre d’art E.K. Volland
          Toronto International Art Fair: Galerie de Bellefeuille 
          Vie des Arts Gala
          Parlez-moi d’amour, Les Impatients
          Papier 2018: Studio 21
          Love and Lovers, Studio 21
          Pre-Used Paper, Studio 21
2017  HEADS, Centre d’art E.K. Volland
          Secret Studio, McClure Gallery, Montreal
          Toronto International Art Fair: Galerie de Bellefeuille, Oeno Gallery
2016  Echo, Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield
          Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2015   For the Love of Paint, Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield
2015   Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2015   Stargazing, Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield
2014   Art Chicago, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2014   Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2014   Affinities, Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield
2012   Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield
2012   The Allure of the Print, Studio 21, Halifax
2011    Straight from the heART, Wallace Galleries, Calgary
2010    A Snapshot, Wallace Galleries, Calgary
2010    Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2009    Small luxuries, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2009     International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland
2008     Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2007     Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2006     Chicago Contemporary & Classic, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2006     Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2006     Drawings, Visual Arts Center, Montreal
2005    Chicago Contemporary & Classic, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2005     Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2004     James Baird Gallery, St-John's
2004     Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2003     Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2002     Art 2002, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal
2001     Nature morte contemporaine, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal
1997     Galerie Louise Smith, Toronto
1995     Judy Rothenberg Gallery, Boston
1995     Zwicker’s Gallery, Boston
1992     Sales and Rental Gallery of the Fine Arts Museum, Montréal
1990     International Gallery Invitational, Chicago
1989     Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal
1989     Sandra Werther Fine Art, New York
1988     Art Junction, Palais des Congrès, Nice
1988     Nancy Poole Studio, Toronto
1988     Donna Heuhhoff Gallery, Dallas
1987     Feminissima, Galerie Artcurial, Paris
1984     Place-des-Arts, Montréal
1983     Gallery Ten Grosvenor Street, London
1983     Salon national des Galeries d’art de Montréal
1978     Galerie Jensen, Montréal
1976     Festival d’art de Bromont, Bromont (Québec)
1975     Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montréal
1975     Galerie McKeowan, Montréal
1974     Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montréal


1987     The only Canadian artist invited to participate in the World Exhibition in Paris (with Modigliani, Picasso, van Dongen, etc.) sponsored by the Baroness de Rothschild.

Selected Bibliography

2017   Vie des Arts, No 248, Automne 2017, p12 "Comme un torero dans l'arène"
2015   Canadian Art, “Must-Sees This Week, April 30-May 6″, Exhibition at McClure Gallery
2015   BLACK, Heather, Westmount Independent, Burgers and Hornyak: The Art of Change
2015   HENNELY, Nadine, WestmountMag,
2011 PARÉ, Isabelle, Le Devoir, Culture / Arts visuels – 24 décembre 2011, L’artisan des couleurs.
2011 MALBOEUF/HAMMOUDI, David/Rima, Jennifer Hornyak.
2011 BLACK, Heather, Westmount Independent, Jennifer Hornyak on her own retrospective.
1994 TÉORET, Bernard, MagazinArt, La nouvelle figuration 
1992  ROBERT, Guy, Le collectionneur, Montréal
1992  Featured on the cover of Three by Three. 
1987  « New Year, New Talents », Art News, Édition d’août
1984  Vie des arts and L’actualité médicale, Montréal
1983  ROBERT, Guy, Art actuel au Québec depuis 1970, Montréal

Radio & Television

1991 Chanel 9, Montréal
1983 Stepping Out, CBC Television, Montréal

Related Activities

2017   Fundraiser for Les Impatient
2016   Fundraiser for Miriam Foundation
2015   OSM Fundraiser, Montreal
2011   Jury for the OKWA Festival, Kingston
2008   Workshop given at Dunedin, Creativity Art Retreat, Dunedin
2004   Workshop given at Alelucia, L'Ecole d'Arts de l'Estrie, Magog
1994   Workshop given at the Elephant Barn, Georgeville
1992   Vis-Art Exhibition
1992   Featured on the cover of novel Three by Three
1991   Juried for the American Women’s Art Show
1991   Vermont Studio Colony, USA, with James Rosen and Judy Rifka.
1990   Cover of the Quebec’s 50th Year Celebration of Québec House, Rochefeller Plaza, New York
1990   Lecture at The Women’s Art Society, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal
1988   Mural for Our Lady of Hungary Church, Montreal
1988   Tuscan Seminar, Italy, with Elizabeth Lyons
1987   Vermont Studio Colony, USA, with Stanley Boxer, George McLean and Elmer Bischoff

Selected Collections

Art for Healing Foundation
Bell Canada Enterprises
Bombardier Transport
Burroughs Welcome Inc.
Cartonnages Unic
Copidata Inc.
Cytren Group
Dicom Corporation
Dupont Canada
Fauteux, Bruno, Bussière, Leewarden
Gestion Métrobel
Groupe La Laurentienne
Groupe SNC Lavalin
Guy Gagnon Co. Inc.
Hoechst Canada Inc.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
I & M Film Sales
Imperial Oil
Intercommunica Inc.
Keg Restaurants Limited
La Presse
Les Placements Yvon Turcot Inc.
MacNaughton Collection
McCarthy Tétreault
Peerless Carpet Corporation
Power Corporation
Prolith Inc.
Robraye Management Ltd
Royalcor Steel
South Western Investment Arts
Westin Hotels


Jennifer Hornyak

Born: Grimsby, England
Price range: $1800-$15,840