Claire Desjardins

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Claire Desjardins
Claire Desjardin's studio in Vermont.jpg
Claire Desjardins, Vermont Studio,
February 2013
Born (1965-05-04) May 4, 1965 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Known forPainting[1]

Claire Desjardins (born May 4, 1965) is a Canadian abstract painter influenced by American abstract Expressionism.[2]

Born in Montreal, Quebec, she is known for her gestural expressionist paintings which have bright pastel colours.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Claire Desjardins is the daughter of artists Jane and Pierre Desjardins. She is the younger of two children. Her parents bought land in Vermont, while pregnant with Claire, and much of Claire's early years were spent in the home that her parents built themselves, especially during the mid 1960s until the early 1980s. The family sold the property in 2011. The daughter of an Olympic sailor, Claire and her family spent a great deal of time sailing, which meant traveling abroad, mostly to Europe, frequently spending summers on her father's sailboat, exploring the northern side of the Mediterranean Sea. She spent time in France and England (where her mother's family lived). In order to occupy her time, her mother, an art teacher, would frequently give Claire and her brother crayons and paper, and encourage them to create drawings, so that art became an integral part of Claire's life at an early age.

In 1990, Claire moved to the US Virgin Islands, where she was inspired by the colours of the sea, the flora and fauna. An avid scuba diver, she relished the quiet of the world under water, and the beauty and abundance of colourful fish.

Artist Residencies[edit]

Claire Desjardin's studio in China, 2013

Claire has received grants to attend various artist residencies: In 2011 and 2013, she attended the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont, USA; she was also invited to, and attended the Da Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen, China, in 2013, where a piece of her artwork remains in their permanent collection.[4] In 2015, not being able to find the right artist residency to meet her scheduling needs, Claire decided to create her own self-directed artist residency by renting an apartment and an art studio, in the Unesco Heritage town of San Miguel de Allende, an artist colony located in the northern central mountains of Mexico. Her studio was located on the grounds of the historical Instituto Allende, a center for the arts.

Career highlights[edit]

Desjardins worked for many years as a graphic designer and was ensconced in a life of technology and marketing. In 2011, she gave up a regular pay cheque to pursue her love of painting full-time.[5]

Since then, U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, has sold her original artwork under their Anthropologie banner, online as well as in their New York, Chicago, and Montreal stores.[6] Claire's work has also appeared in televisions shows, and appeared in the Warner Brothers feature film, "Winter's Tale" (released in February 2014).[7]

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016 When The Sky Clears, The Gallery at Victoria Hall (City of Westmount), Westmount, Quebec[8]
  • 2015 Visceral Voice, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario[9]
  • 2014 Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Quebec
  • 2014 Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina[10]
  • 2014 East Gallery, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont[11]
  • 2013 This Way, Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Quebec[12]
  • 2013 Then and Now, Muse Gallery, Toronto, Ontario[13]
  • 2012 Ebb & Flow, Muse Gallery, Toronto, Ontario[14]


  1. ^ "Claire Desjardins paints the town red". Westmount Magazine. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Claire Desjardins | Artist Project". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  3. ^ "Claire Desjardins Peindre le mouvement «  Magazin'art". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  4. ^ Congdon, Lisa; Ilasco, Meg Mateo (2014-08-12). Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9781452135847.
  5. ^ "Art News: Claire Desjardins". SaatchiArt. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  6. ^ "The Colorful Paintings of Claire Desjardins - Design Milk". Design Milk. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  7. ^ "The Curated House: The Curated Collection | Claire Desjardins | The Evolution of a Painting". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  8. ^ "Galerie du Victoria Hall : exposition du 3 au 24 mars / Ville de Westmount". Ville de Westmount (in French). Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  9. ^ "Claire Desjardins: Visceral Expression". Wall Space Gallery: 358 Richmond Rd. Ottawa Art and Framing. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  10. ^ "Meet the Artist - Claire Desjardins". Sozo Gallery. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  11. ^ "Exhibitions - Helen Day Art Center". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  12. ^ (, Prospek Inc. "All the News about our artists and their work | Gallery Lydia Monaro". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  13. ^ "Then and Now - a solo exhibition by Claire Desjardins". Roundtown. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  14. ^ "Akimbo - Exhibitions - Claire Desjardins: Ebb & Flow". Retrieved 2016-02-23.