About the Body of Works:

ARTIST STATEMENT– All of my work is an attempt to decipher the chatter in my head, to put forward a less awkward side of myself, to navigate through my everyday chaos towards calm.

My paintings are personal. The outside world is referenced quite indirectly through the filter of my emotions. Through my work, I find myself expressing sentiments or reactions of which I am consciously unaware.

Biography:

Claire Desjardins is an award-winning abstract painter who comes from a long line of artists and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She worked for many years as a graphic designer, ensconced in a life of technology and marketing. In 2011, she gave up a regular paycheque to pursue her love of painting full time. She now has a studio 1 hour north of Montreal and is represented by galleries in Canada and the States. Claire also sells her art on her website, and is in the process of launching the Claire Desjardins line of women's apparel in North America.

One of 6 artists selected by Microsoft, Claire designed skins especially for the launch of the high-end device, the Microsoft Surface. She also collaborated with. U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, which sells her original artwork under their Anthropologie banner, online as well as in their New York, Chicago, and Montreal stores. They reproduce her artwork on merchandise and sell it under the Claire Desjardins signature label. Claire’s work has also appeared in major motion pictures and popular television shows.

Claire has taught painting workshops in Canada and in the US, and juried national art competitions. She has been interviewed by CityTV, CBC, The Montreal Gazette, The Ottawa Citizen, Magazin' Art, and a number of other art magazines, among other publications. Her work appears regularly on blogs, including Design for Mankind, ArtFinder, Moco Loco, Design Milk and Saatchi Art’s online magazine. She was a contributor to a couple of "how to" books: Art Inc., by Lisa Congdon, and Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods, by Rhéni Tauchid.

In an effort to give back, Claire regularly participates in charitable events. She has live-painted on stage with the likes of Randy Bachman and Blue Rodeo, and Styx, where she donated 100% of the proceeds to charity. In the wake of Hurricane Maria and Irma, Claire created a series of paintings that she sold, and she gave 100% of the money to help those affected by the storms.

Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections around the world.

PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA

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Contributor to book:
Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods, A Contemporary Guide to Materials Techniques and Applications
Book by Rheni Tauchid
Published June 2018
Page 75

"Claire Desjardins' Tool of Choice for Her Artworks is Color"
Interview by Evangelyn Delacare
Canvas Blog by Saatchi Art
December 11, 2017

"Claire Desjardins earns a living painting abstract art"
Interview by host Derick Fage
Breakfast Television Montreal, CityTV
May 4, 2017

"Artist Interview: meet Claire Desjardins"
Artist feature: interview by GelaSkins
GelaSkins.com
April 21, 2017

"Inside the Studio: Claire Desjardins"
By Poppy Rooney
ArtFinder
February 2, 2017

"Abstract landscapes and ceramic gardens at Wall Space Gallery"
By Brenda Dunn
Apt613.ca
July 4, 2016

"Artist Claire Desjardins goes from canvas to clothing" (audio)
Interview by host Sonali Karnick
CBC Radio 1 - All In A Weekend
June 18, 2016

"Artist Claire Desjardins paints a visual diary"
By Janet Wilson, photos: Ashley Fraser
Montreal Gazette - Style
April 1, 2016

"Artist Claire Desjardins is in her element, surrounded by nature"
By Janet Wilson, photos: Ashley Fraser
Ottawa Citizen - Style Magazine
April 1, 2016

"Claire Desjardins"
Wikipedia
Online encyclopedia

"Claire Desjardins Painting Movement"
By Isabelle Gagné
Magazin’ Art
Spring 2015 edition

"Claire Desjardins Peindre le Mouvement" (in French)
By Isabelle Gagné
Magazin’ Art
Spring 2015 edition

"The Colorful Paintings of Claire Desjardins"
By Jaime Derringer
Design Milk
February 2015

"Studio Visit: Claire Desjardins"
By Sabine Modder
Moco Loco
December 2014

Interview for Art Inc.
Book by Lisa Congdon
Published August 2014
Pages 66 to 68

"Made in China: Claire Desjardins Recounts Tales from her Artist Residency"
Canvas blog
Saatchi Art
January 6, 2014

"CLAIRE DESJARDINS TRAVERSER LA COULEUR" (in French)
By Robert Bernier
Parcours Magazine
Number 78, September 2013

"From the Studio of... Claire Desjardins"
Canvas blog
Saatchi Art
August, 2012

Résumé:

SOLO EXHIBITIONS, TALKS & FAIRS

UPCOMING & CURRENT:

The Other Art Fair, NY 2018
New York (Brooklyn)
Nov. 8-11, 2018

The Artist Project 2019
Toronto, Ontario
February 21-24, 2019

PAST:

Voices In My Head - solo exhibition
Eleanor London Public Gallery
City of Côte St-Luc
Côte St-Luc, QC
June-August, 2018

The Other Art Fair, LA 2018
Los Angeles, CA
March, 2018

The Artist Project 2018
Toronto, Ontario
February, 2018

Spectrum Miami Art Show 
Spectrum Miami Tent
Miami, FL
Dec. 2017

summerCRUSH
Wall Space Gallery
Ottawa, ON
July–August 2017

ArtExpo New York 2017
New York, New York
April 2017

The Artist Project 2017
Toronto, Ontario
February 2017

Imaginary Friends
Galerie Arts Monaro
Montreal, Ontario
August 2016

The Secrets We Keep
Wall Space Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario
June–July, 2016

After The Sky Clears
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, City of Westmount
Westmount, QC
March 2016
Artist Talk: March 8

Claire Desjardins
Galerie Arts Monaro
Montreal, QC 
March–April 2016

Artist Talk
Galerie Arts Monaro
Montreal, QC 
April 2016

The Artist Project
Toronto, Ontario
February 2016

Visceral Voice
Wall Space Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario
April 2015

The Aritst Project 2015
Toronto, Ontario
February 2015

Claire Desjardins
Galerie Lydia Monaro
Montreal, Quebec
November 2014

Claire Desjardins
Sozo Gallery
Charlotte, North Carolina
August–November 2014

Art Now Westmount: speaker
Westmount Public Library
Westmount, Quebec
June 2014

Claire Desjardins
East Gallery, Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
January–March 2014

This Way
Galerie Lydia Monaro
Montreal, Quebec
November 2013

Then and Now
Muse Gallery
Toronto, Ontario
September–October 2013

Ebb & Flow
Muse Gallery
Toronto, Ontario
February 2012

Surface
Le Meridien Versailles
Montreal, Quebec
December 2011–March 2012

Transition
Massarelli Design Studio, Belgo Building
Montreal, Quebec
November 2011

GOT GALLERY?
Massarelli Design Studio, Belgo Building
Montreal, Quebec
November–December 2010

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Secret Studio (Fundraiser)
McClure Gallery, Visual Arts Centre
Westmount, Quebec
November 4 – 9, 2017

Square AFFAIR Art (Fundraiser)
McClure Gallery, Visual Arts Centre
Westmount, Quebec
October 31 – November 5, 2015

Benefit Group Exhibition
The Painting Center

New York, New York
November 25 to December 20, 2014

Autumnal Equinox
EK Voland Gallery

Montreal, Quebec
September to October, 2014

Art Westmount 2014
Westmount, Quebec
September, 2014

Da Wang Culture Highland Residents’ Group Exhibition
Gallery A, Da Wang Culture Highland
Shenzhen, China
January – March, 2014

La nouvelle collection 2014 de l’Artothèque
Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Centre culturel de Pointe-Claire
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
October 20 – December 1, 2013

Art Westmount 2012
Westmount, Quebec
September 2012

Abstraction in Canada
Little Paper Planes – Online
Curated by Otino Corsano, Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
March – April 2012

Square AFFAIR Art (Fundraiser)
McClure Gallery, Visual Arts Centre
Westmount, Quebec
November 19 – 23, 2011

La nouvelle collection 2012 de l’Artothèque
Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Centre culturel de Pointe-Claire
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
October 19 – December 1, 2011

City of Westmount Annual Exhibition
Victoria Hall Gallery
Westmount, Quebec
July 11 – August 10, 2011

Taste of Stowe
Helen Day Arts Center Members’ Gallery
Stowe, Vermont
July 2011

Open Studio Night
Vermont Studio Center
Johnson, Vermont
April 2011

Jacob Walker Group
Rivert Arts, Morrisville, Vermont
January – March 2011

Art Westmount 2010
Westmount, Quebec
September 2010

Annual Student Exhibition
McClure Gallery, Visual Arts Centre
Westmount, Quebec
2010

Art in Strathcona Park
Ottawa, Ontario
2007

Art in the Park
Ottawa, Ontario
2007

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Self-directed artist residency
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
December 2015 – January 2016

Grant recipient: Da Wang Culture Highland
Shenzhen, China
Fall 2013

Grant recipient: Vermont Studio Arts Center
Johnson, Vermont
February 2013

Grant recipient: Vermont Studio Arts Center
Johnson, Vermont
April 2012

 

WORKSHOPS

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
June 2018

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
Nov. 2017

Expressions with Paint with Claire Desjardins (3-day workshop)
Vancouver Island Art Workshops
Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria, BC
Oct. 2017

Expressions with Paint with Claire Desjardins (3-day workshop)
Vancouver Island Art Workshops
Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria, BC
Oct. 2017

Expressions with Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Gore Community Center
Gore, QC (in the Laurentians, 1 hour north of Montreal)
Sept. & Oct. 2017

Expressions with Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Gore Community Center
Gore, QC (in the Laurentians, 1 hour north of Montreal)
May 2017

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (3-day workshop)
Donna Downey Studios
Huntersville, NC
April 2017

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (3-day workshop)
Donna Downey Studios
Huntersville, NC
April 2017

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (3-day workshop)
Oakville Art Society
Oakville, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto, ON)
Nov. 2016

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
Nov. 2016

Expressions with Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Gore Community Center
Gore, QC (in the Laurentians, 1 hour north of Montreal)
Oct. 2016

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (3-day workshop)
Artists Association of Nantucket
Nantucket, MA
Sept. 2016

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (3-day workshop)
Oakville Art Society
Oakville, Ontario
June 2016

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
April 2016

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (3-day workshop)
Woodlands Art League
Houston, Texas
October 2015

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
May 2015

Expressions en abstraction avec Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
College Sainte-Anne
Lachine, Quebec
April 2015

Paint your own tote with Claire Desjardins (1-day workshop)
Anthropologie
Montreal, Quebec
February 2015

Paint your own tote with Claire Desjardins (1-day workshop)
Anthropologie
Brossard, Quebec
December 2014

Expressions in Paint II with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
October 2014

Paint your own tote with Claire Desjardins (1-day workshop)
Anthropologie
Brossard, Quebec
June 2014

Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins (2-day workshop)
Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
June 2014

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) - Sales & Rentals
Hamilton, Ontario
2016 – current

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)/Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario - Sales & Rentals
Toronto, Ontario
2015 – current

Canvas Gallery
Toronto, Ontario
2015 – current

In2Art Gallery
Oakville, Ontario
2015 – current

Wall Space Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario
2014 – current

Sozo Gallery
Charlotte, North Carolina
2017 – current

Gallery V Fine Arts
Overland Park, Kansas
2017 – current

Design Domaine Gallery
Spring Lake, New Jersey
2017 – current

 

OTHER LOCATIONS TO VIEW MY ARTWORK

Hotel Saint-Sulpice
414 rue St-Sulpice, Montreal, Quebec

 

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Selected Canadian Artist
Microsoft Surface / GelaSkins partnership launch
2017

Winner
Liquitex/Artfinder Muted Competition
2016

Grant recipient
Da Wang Culture Highland Artist Grant, Shenzhen, China
2013

Grant recipient
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2013

Grant recipient
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2011

Featured artist
Taste of Stowe Arts Festival, Stowe, VT
2010

Nominated for "Best in Show"
Art in the Park – Ottawa, ON
2007

Recipient of Ronnie Terry Award for Excellence in the Creative Arts
St. Georges School of Montreal – Montreal, QC
1981

 

COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

UPCOMING:

"Strangers in the Night" charity fundraiser event
Live painting on stage with Boy George and Culture Club

WHEN? August 25 2018, 6:30 PM to 12:00 AM*

WHERE?
Burrough Hall Pierrefonds Roxboro
13665 Boul de Pierrefonds
Pierrefonds, Quebec

*Premium packages available, with earlier start times. Visit strangersinthenight.ca for details.

 

PAST:

"Strangers in the Night" charity fundraiser event
Live painted on stage with super group Styx.
Montreal, Quebec, August 2017

"Strangers in the Night" charity fundraiser event
Live Painted on stage with Andy Kim and headliner, Randy Bachman of BTO fame.
Montreal, Quebec, June 2016

ART for SYRIA, painter and seller of 6-painting series: I gave 20% of sales to help Syrian refugees
Online sale, September 2015

Artists’ Health Alliance 2015/2016 Community Circle member
Toronto, Ontario, September 2015

"Strangers in the Night" charity fundraiser event
Live painted on stage with popular band, Blue Rodeo.
Montreal, Quebec, June 2015

Artists' Health Alliance, live painter for "Artists' Affair" fundraiser event
Toronto, Ontario, May 2015

Federation of Canadian Artists, active member
Canada, 2015 – present

Helen Day Art Center, member
Stowe, Vermont, 2010 – present

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, member
Montreal, Quebec, 2005 – present

iStockphoto.com, contributing photographer
Stock photography web site, 2004 – present

St. Georges’ School of Montreal, alumni class rep
Montreal, Quebec, 2002 – present

River Arts Center, member
Morrisville, Vermont, 2010 – 2011

Friends of English Theatre - National Arts Centre, member & volunteer
Ottawa, Ontario, 2006 – 2008

Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, member
Ottawa, Ontario, 2006 – 2007

National Gallery of Canada, member
Ottawa, Ontario, 2005 – 2007

Ottawa School of Art, member
Ottawa, Ontario, 2005 – 2006