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Claire Desjardins: Basking in the Glow

Show dates: September 7-28
Artist Talk + Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7
4-5 pm: talk by Claire about her inspirations, recent travels, and what’s next for the artist
5-6 pm: reception with refreshments

Wall Space Gallery is excited to announce the newest solo exhibition, Basking in the Glow, by Quebec artist Claire Desjardins.

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. 


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. 

Basking in the Glow , acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 in.

Basking in the Glow, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 in.

Love and Leisure , acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Love and Leisure, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Earlier Event: August 17
Westboro FUSE Festival
Later Event: October 5
Body of Work