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 pay check to pursue her love of painting full time. She now has a studio in the Laurentians, (an hour north of Montreal) and is represented by galleries in Canada and the States. Claire also sells art on her web site.
Claire was selected by Microsoft Canada to be one of six artists that the tech giant is collaborating with. She created product-specific skins especially for their high-end devices, the Microsoft Surface. Her colorful designs are reproduced onto apparel for Toronto-based fashion house, Nuvango, and on tech accessories through GelaSkins. 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 and sell it under the Claire Desjardins signature label. Claire’s work has also appeared in major motion pictures as well as popular television shows.
Claire teaches painting workshops in both Canada and in the US, and has juried various art competitions. She has been interviewed by CityTV, CBC, The Montreal Gazette, The Ottawa Citizen, and a number of 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.
In an effort to give back, Claire regularly participates in charitable events. In August 2017, she live-painted on stage with super group, Styx, donating the proceeds to help local charities. She has also live-painted on stage with the likes of Randy Bachman and Blue Rodeo. In the wake of Hurricane Maria and Irma, Claire created a series of paintings that she subsequently 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.
“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.”