Claire Desjardins

Kinship, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)

Claire Desjardins is having a solo exhibition, Basking in the Glow, at the gallery from September 7-26, 2019. Join us for an artist talk and opening reception with Claire on Saturday, September 7th, from 4-6 pm.

Claire Desjardins (b. 1965, Montreal) is a Canadian artist living and working in Gore, Quebec. Working primarily in painting, her formally driven work focuses on gesture and colour, emphasizing energetic, animated brush strokes and bold palettes. Her work is both highly abstract and highly personal, a dynamic expression of sentiments or reactions of which she is consciously unaware.

She regularly exhibits her work in galleries and art fairs throughout North America. In addition, she has taught painting workshops and has served as a jury member on several national art prizes. 

She is currently represented by Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario.

ARTIST STATEMENT

What is colour when laid out onto a surface, but an expression of human emotion? Colour can represent a scent, a touch, sometimes a sound. We respond to it innately. My own experience with it is visceral and it triggers various emotions in me. I’m sometimes unaware of its effects until they manifest themselves by showing up as I apply paint to the surface of my canvas. Colour is my guiding principle, and informs other components of my work: form, composition, texture. 

This group of paintings is a collection of colour-filled pieces that reflect upon the happy, carefree memories of summer. My intention is to have the viewer experience a taste of life during the warmer months, as reflected upon from the glow of September. 

Visit Claire Desjardins' website here.

Press:

- Wearable Art for Women, Breakfast Television Montreal, March 28, 2019
- Breakfast Television Montreal, May 4th, 2017
- "Abstract landscapes and ceramic gardens", Brenda Dunn, July 4th, 2016, Apt613.ca
- "In her element surrounded by nature", Janet Wilson, April 1, 2016, Ottawa Citizen