Claire Desjardins, colorful studio visit, colorful sunshine & joy in paint
I happened to come across these large format abstract paintings by Claire Desjardins quite by chance on my recent visit to Old Montreal and I found them very appealing. It made me laugh because Claire is an old friend of my brother’s and he had already arranged an introduction. We had a studio visit scheduled for a few days later and here I was seeing her work in the flesh. Big juicy canvases with smooshes and blobs, drips and lines in lovely glowing colors that quite made my heart sing.
Claire comes from a long line of painters and artists. Her bright happy colors are undoubtedly influenced by several years spent in the Caribbean. We compared notes as both of us had worked on charter boats and private yachts. This pretty tropical flower had just opened up and brought a welcome boost of Caribbean sunshine right into her well lit studio. Her studio is in the Complexe de Canal Lachine studio building and she has been here for a year.
Claire was surprised and pleased to see that her recent rescue dog Lily warmed right up to me and was happy to just let me pat her relentlessly. Gigi, a toy poodle was also pleased to have a guest as work days often are quite solitary (and boring for small dogs) for an artist with often only the occasional UPS man dropping in. See how cute they look on the carpet in the painting area which shows traces of the colorful canvases being created here.
This canvas was just beginning to take shape on its easel with colors going on in very thin washy layers. Water stood with paint brushes just sitting in it in glowing colors: pinks, oranges, yellows, her tools of the trade just waiting to be picked up and swizzled across the surface.
Claire’s work appears at Anthroplogie in Montreal, New York and Chicago, and she exhibits in Toronto at the Muse Gallery, in Montreal at Lydia Monaro and she is one of the top selling artists at Saatchi Online.
We closed up the studio, took the patient small dogs for a little piddle out on the grass then tooted back to Claire’s apartment where we continued chatting about art and swapping family stories as we sipped our wine and she prepared us some tasty shrimp and salad.
Thanks Claire. Bye bye Lily and Gigi.
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