"Hi, I'm Claire Desjardins.
It's really nice to meet you.
I help to create happiness by infusing moments of joy in everyday lives."
Claire Desjardins (b. 1965, Montreal) is an award-winning 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 frequently teaches painting workshops and has served as a jury member on several national art prizes.
Claire has been involved with various corporate collaborations, including Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Microsoft, Nuvango, Gelaskins, and Shutterfly, among others. In Spring 2019, Claire launched her new signature collection of art apparel, Claire Desjardins, which is sold in stores across the US and in Canada, and in the UK.
She has live-painted on stage with the likes of Randy Bachman and Blue Rodeo and Styx. Her artwork was auctioned off, and the 100% of the proceeds were donated to help sick kids.
Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections around the world.
Grant recipient, Da Wang Culture Highland Artist Grant – Da Wang, 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
The Ronnie Terry Award for Excellence in the Creative Arts, 1981
St. Georges School of Montreal – Montreal, QC
Ottawa At Home Magazine, by Olivia Taggart, December 20, 2020
New collection of women’s apparel by Claire Desjardins
Breakfast Television Montreal (CityTV) with host Derick Fage, March 28, 2019
The Value of Custom Art
Interview on Design Hot Seat starring Jennifer Farrell, special guest Doug Wilson. Live Broadcast Network, February 13, 2019
Claire Desjardins and Brian Azeff: from canvas to clothing
Interview on All in a Weekend with host Sonali Karnick, CBC Radio 1 (audio), January 14, 2019
Episode 31 – Claire Desjardins/Interviews with Jerry Hardesty
The Artists’ Voice (podcast), January 8, 2019
Meet Claire Desjardins
Boston Voyager Magazine, September 2018
Claire Desjardins, Abstract Painter (contributor, page 75)
Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods – A Contemporary Guide to Materials, Techniques, and Applications. Book by Rheni Tauchid, published by Monacelli Press. ISBN 9781580934930, June 21, 2018
Claire Desjardins’ Tool of Choice for Her Artworks is Color
Canvas Blog/Saatchi Art, by Evangelyn Delacare, December 11, 2017
Abstract Artist Claire Desjardins on her MS Surface Book
Microsoft Canada promotional video, Microsoft.com, May 20, 2017
Claire Desjardins earns a living painting abstract art
Breakfast Television Montreal with Derick Fage, CityTV (video), May 4, 2017
Artist interview: meet Claire Desjardins
Artist feature interview, GelaSkins.com, April 21, 2017
Inside the studio: Claire Desjardins
By Poppy Rooney, Artfinder.com, February 2, 2017
Abstract landscapes and ceramic gardens at Wall Space Gallery
By Brenda Dunn, Apt613.ca, Jul 4, 2016
Artist Claire Desjardins goes from canvas to clothing
All in a Weekend with Sonali Karnick, CBC Radio 1 (audio), June 2016
Artist Claire Desjardins is in her element, surrounded by nature
By Janet Wilson, InStyle Magazine (The Ottawa Citizen), March 2016
Artist Claire Desjardins paints a visual diary
By Janet Wilson, Urban Expressions Magazine (The Montreal Gazette), April 2016
The Colorful Paintings of Claire Desjardins
By Jaime Derringer, Design Milk, Feb 2015
“Painting Movement” (pages 34, 35, 65 & 66) Vol. 27, Number 107, Spring 2015
Art Inc. (contributor, pages 66 to 69).
Book by Lisa Congdon. Published by Chronicle Books LLC. ISBN 978-1-4521-2826-9, August 2014
Made in China: Claire Desjardins Recounts Tales from her Artist Residency
Canvas blog, Saatchi Art,Jan 6, 2014
Traverser la couleur
Parcours Magazine, by Robert Bernier. Issue #78, page 34, September 2013
From the Studio of... Claire Desjardins
Canvas blog, Saatchi Art, Aug 2012
Abstraction in Canada
Abstract by Otino Corsano, Instructor at OCAD University, Toronto, ON. Published by Little Paper Planes, April 2012
Live Painting, Miami Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL, 2019
Live Painting, Womenswear in Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, 2019
Live Painting, StyleMax, Chicago, IL, 2019
Artist Talk, Edgewater Gallery, Stowe, VT, 2019
Artist Talk, Eleanor London Public Library, Côte St-Luc, QC, 2018
“Working Artist” lecture, Manitoba Society of Artists, Winnipeg, MB, 2017
Artist Talk, Wall Space Gallery, 358 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON, 2016
Artist Talk, Galerie Arts Monaro, Old Montreal, QC, 2016
“After the Sky Clears”, Artist Claire Desjardins & curator Victoria Leblanc, City of Westmount, the Gallery at Victoria Hall, Westmount, QC, 2016
Atelier avec Claire Desjardins, College Sainte-Anne, Lachine, QC, 2015
Art Now: speaker, Westmount Library, Montreal, QC, 2014
PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
The Sarasota Modern Hotel
32- by 27-foot exterior mural, Sarasota, FL, 2020
Municipality of Gore
Series of 5 positive messaging signs for municipality, 2020
Launch Claire Desjardins x YUL collaboration
My artworks to appear on sportswear: athletic shoes, caps, socks, shirts. January 2021
Launch Claire Desjardins x Birkenstock collaboration
My artworks appeared on Birkenstock sandals. November 2020
Launch of Claire Desjardins signature label women’s apparel in North America.
Full collection of women’s apparel with my artwork printed on it, shipped to 500 stores across Canada and the US. January 2019
Launched Claire Desjardins signature label women’s apparel in the UK. February 2020.
Collaboration: Claire Desjardins x Anthropologie (owned by Urban Outfitters)
My artworks printed on various pieces of merchandise in Home, Accessories, and Apparel departments. Also used in Anthropologie branding, such as on logo, packaging, store barricades and displays, points of sale, in their social media videos. 2011 to present.
Collaboration Claire Desjardins x Nuvango
My artworks printed on apparel and home goods. 2015 to 2018.
Collaboration: Claire Desjardins x Microsoft Canada
I was selected to be one of 6 Canadian artists to design skins for the launch of the Microsoft Surface 4. 2017.
Collaboration: Claire Desjardins x Samsung
My artwork was used for the Samsung Frame: a new type of display that acts as both a Smart TV and digital canvas. 2017 to present.
SOLO/FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBITIONS
Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON, 2020
Basking in the Glow
Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON, 2019
Visiting artist at URBN Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
Voices in My Head
Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, Côte Saint-Luc, QC, 2018