Born in Québec City in 1931 to a family of English and Irish heritage, Edmund Alleyn attended the École des beaux-arts in Québec City, where he studied with Jean-Paul Lemieux. In 1955, he won the Grand Prix aux concours artistiques de la Province de Québec and a grant from the Royal Society of Canada. From 1955 to 1970, Alleyn lived in France, where he explored lyric abstraction, then drew inspiration from West Coast Native art and, finally, moved toward an imagery that came out of the world of technology, electronics and mass media. On his return to Québec, he was struck by the changes that had taken place while he was away, and his art shows signs of this impression. In 1990, he exhibited the Indigo series at the Galerie d’art Lavalin and at 49th Parallel in New York. At the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Sherbrooke in 2004, he showed his final series, Les Éphmérides, which comprises 12 large canvases as well as ink washes. Alleyn died on December 24, 2004, at the age of 73.