Louis de Niverville

Louis de Niverville, painter (b at Andover, Eng 7 June 1933). Self-taught, Niverville worked from 1957 to 1963 as a graphic designer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto alongside Dennis Burton and Graham Coughtry. The turning point in his work, when he considers he really started to paint, was in 1966-67 with a mural for Expo Theatre in Montréal. After that he developed a formidable technique, particularly with collage, to express an astonishing, visionary world often wrought from childhood memories. Niverville's work is characterized by fresh and provocative thought. He directs his dreams, orchestrating their curious juxtapositions, strange happenings and colours into his paintings. Since 1988, he has lived and worked in Vancouver.