Claire Desjardins - Fine Artist

Claire Desjardins - Fine Artist

November 01, 2011 12:00 ET

REMINDER/TRANSITION-New Paintings by Claire Desjardins

Massarelli Design Studio, Nov. 1 30, 2011

Vernissage: 5:30 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2011) -

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"Instead of going out through one door and right in through another, I'm lingering in the space in between. Sometimes it feels like a wide-open space where colours and energy are limitless, and I feel myself bouncing through a kaleidoscope of personal narrative. But at moments … I feel the passage narrows, almost as though I am getting very close to a truth that only wishes to be revealed in small doses." – Claire Desjardins

Montreal artist Claire Desjardins is in Transition.

In film, a transition is a way of juxtaposing two scenes; in fiction, it signals change. A fine artist from an early age and a graphic designer for over fifteen years, Desjardins finds herself facing the juxtaposition of her metiers as she segues from the imposed rigidity and order of the commercial art world to the passion unleashed by contemporary abstract expressionism. Moving from her earlier, figurative works, she is still in the process of transformation. Change is underway, and Desjardins' current body of work signals that there is more to come. In the meantime, she is making the most of the journey.

Transition, her second solo exhibition at the Belgo Building's Massarelli Design Studio, features works that reflect both the exuberance and the moments of quiet reflection embodied by the artist. Propelled by the intricacies of colour and form, Desjardins creates masterful compositions that hide stories left to the viewer to write. The seduction takes place through a riot (sometimes just under the surface) of rich hues; a kernel of narrative peeps out, coy, between many textures and moods. Desjardins is a generous storyteller and encourages the viewer to run with the emotions and energies stirred up by the canvas.

"Currently I sense a pull back in time towards the '80s and '90s. Perhaps this nostalgia is reflected in the perceived simplicity of my work … its organic nature is rooted in the past, but, at the same time, is expressed by a very contemporary approach," says Desjardins. "I can't help but feel that the colours I'm drawn to are very much grounded in the present. They may be influenced by earlier days, but their vibrancy speaks of the here and now."

Montreal-based graphic designer Claire Desjardins is a prolific visual artist whose recent exhibitions have taken place in Montreal, Vermont and Ottawa. Generally inspired by artists such as Wolf Kahn, Emily Mason, Nicolas de Staël and Mark Rothko, at times Desjardins also adds a street art flavour to her acrylics and mixed media works on canvas. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.

The Massarelli Design Studio presents Transition, an exhibition of new work by Claire Desjardins, November 1 – 30 at The Belgo Building, 372 St. Catherine Street West, #411, Montreal, Quebec. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 1 – 5 p.m.

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