Jennifer Hornyak: Merging

October 19 - November 15, 2023
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“Merging” was chosen in order to highlight how my work has transitioned over the last few years, from a more defined image to a more abstract vision. Shown are oil paintings on canvas or board intermixed with works on paper to further emphasize the transitional nature of the two styles. - Jennifer Hornyak

An excerpt from her book, Jennifer Hornyak by David Malboeuf & Rima Hammond, we catch a glimpse into the beauty and work of Hornyak:

“Jennifer looks at the world around her and its attentive to the details that reveal traces of that omnipresent beauty, as it will undoubtedly inspire future paintings. Rather than attempt to replicate such instances, she prefers to portray their essence in her art. “We cannot reproduce nature,” she says, when discussing the role of the artist, “nor should we want to. All we can do is see and feel, and aim to transcend ourselves.

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 5-8pm

Artist Information

Jennifer Hornyak

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

Jennifer 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 color 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. ”

Hornyak 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 color are reminiscent of the Fauve group of painters of a century ago.

Born in England, 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 and international art fairs. Her paintings are part of numerous private and public collections.

She works and lives in Montreal.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Studio 21 Fine Arts, Halifax

2015 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2015 Wallace Galeries, Calgary

2015 McClure Gallery, Montreal

2014 Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield

2013 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2013 Wallace Galeries, Calgary

2011 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2011 Galerie St-Laurent Plus Hill, Ottawa

2011 Wallace Galleries, Calgary

2010 Trinity Galleries, Saint-John

2009 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2008 Wallace Galleries, Calgary

2008 Studio 21, Halifax

2006 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2004 Studio 21, Halifax

2003 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

1998 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

1995 Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco.

1994 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

1991 Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco

1987 Nancy Poole Studio, Toronto

1985 Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montreal

1983 Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montreal


Selected Group Exhibitions

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, Montreal

2007 Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2006 Chicago Contemporary & Classic, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2006 Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2006 Drawings, Visual Arts Center, Montreal

2005 Chicago Contemporary & Classic, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2005 Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2004 James Baird Gallery, St-John’s

2004 Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2003 Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2002 Art 2002, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2001 Nature morte contemporaine, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

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, Montreal

1990 International Gallery Invitational, Chicago

1989 Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal

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, Montreal

1983 Gallery Ten Grosvenor Street, Londres

1983 Salon national des Galeries d’art de Montréal, Montreal

1978 Galerie Jensen, Montreal

1976 Festival d’art de Bromont, Bromont

1975 Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montreal

1975 Galerie McKeowan, Montreal

1974 Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montreal


Selected Bibliography

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, Hornyak : Peindre l’éphémère unicité.

1991 Interview, Chanel 9, Montreal

1989 Guide Valée, 11e Édition.

1987 Art News, Édition d’août.

1984 Vie des arts et L’actualité médicale.

1983 ROBERT, Guy, Art actuel au Québec depuis 1970.

1983 Stepping Out, CBC Television, Montreal

Related Activities

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


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



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