Genevieve Despres

Geneviève Després completed a degree in Industrial Design at the Université de Montréal in 1992, but, around 1997, she decided to pursue her first passion, drawing. She turned to illustration, completing a number of contracts in the fields of educational publishing, advertising, editorial, and children’s literature till 2002. She then spends the following years in Europe, where she gave birth to her second child and looks for inspiration and explores different techniques. In 2006, she successfully teaches a workshop for a children’s book project at Scuola Europea Varese (Varese European School), Italy, where she lived a whole year. Having greatly appreciated this new experience, she now wants to share it with children in Quebec. Since September 2006, the bulk of her work has consisted in illustrating children’s books for the largest publishing houses in Quebec. The artist employs a variety of techniques and plays with texture and the transparency of different mediums to create unique images. Tender and whimsical, they appeal to the child within us all.

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