Gore, QC, Canada
Claire Desjardins comes from a long line of artists and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She 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. She now has her studio in the Laurentians, (one hour north of Montreal) and is represented by galleries in Montreal, Toronto, Oakville, Ottawa and Charlotte, North Carolina. Claire also sells art on her website, and is one of the top-selling artists on Saatchi Art.
Claire teaches painting workshops in both Canada and in the US, and has received grants to attend artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011 and 2013, and the Da Wang Culture Highland artist residency in southeastern China, in 2013.
She was recently interviewed by Magazin’ Art (Spring 2015 edition), Art Inc. (a book by author Lisa Congdon, published in August 2014), and Parcours (September 2013), the French language arts magazine. She appears regularly on a number of blogs, including Design for Mankind, Moco Loco, Design Milk and Saatchi Art’s online magazine.
U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, 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, such as bags, rugs, bedding, accessories and apparel, and sell it under the Claire Desjardins signature label. Claire’s work has also appeared in Warner Brothers feature film, "Winter's Tale" (released in February, 2014).
Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections around the world.
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