Having grown up under the influence of the automatist movement in Quebec, Ms Olivier’s work has been influenced by the spontaneous, gestural approach developed by Borduas and the other artists of that generation.
Her pictorial style developed and her research intensified during her years at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal, where she returned to the principles of abstraction while introducing elements of nature into her paintings – imaginary landscapes, free from any direct reference to nature or to any of the traditional representations of nature.
Drawing and colour have served to create form and perspective and to express her perception of the universe. The use of traditional oil painting techniques, with all the possibilities the medium affords, allow her to express a very personal vision. Ms Olivier is a true colourist and, together with her experience as a painter and her particular view of the world, she has developed a very personal form of lyrical abstraction.