Claire Desjardins - Fine Artist

Claire Desjardins - Fine Artist

December 01, 2011 10:00 ET

Surface, An Exhibition of New Work by Claire Desjardins

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

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Le Méridien Versailles presents Surface, an exhibition of new work by Claire Desjardins, from December 2, 2011 through March 1, 2012 at 1808 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec. The vernissage will be held Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

With her new solo exhibition at Le Méridien Versailles, Claire Desjardins brings a heady mix of simmering abstract narrative to the Surface. Some of the stories are to be coaxed out by the viewer; others burst from their point of creation. All are for the taking.

Though still in transition (the title of her recent solo show at the Massarelli Design Studio), Desjardins makes great strides in her creative journey. The Montreal-based artist hints at the combination of passion and steely will it can take to break through barriers that are often self-imposed. The abstract nature of her canvases allows the viewer to extract different aspects of narrative in varying measures. What is there to learn? The surface is fluid; it is ours to use at will and as needed. It can be a protective shield or a point of entry….

Surface is one of Claire Desjardins' most cohesive solo exhibitions to date. The artist is led by a chromatic theme: the warm and cool hues found both above and below the surface. Strong emotions, such as anger, passion, and perhaps some measure of joy, are evoked by the intensity of the hot colours. They cannot be stifled and will always fight to rise above any barrier. Scarlet, vermillion and citrus explode onto the canvas, settle and then hold steady to anchor the compositions. Intense shades of sky temper the flames and keep their burning powers at bay. In our greed, we may want more, but in her wisdom, Desjardins does not allow us to be overcome by too much of a good thing.

A different strength of character is present in the other paintings, only slightly more subtle. The vibe here is more intellectual than emotional. These paintings are confident, yet contain elements that can alternate between reticence or reserve and some playfulness. The palette is still vibrant, yet cooler and softer, with paler blues, an inky black and yellow akin to pats of butter.

The titles of some of the tomato-centric pieces (Stitch in Time, Cooling System, Abbreviation) suggest danger just averted; those of the other pieces (Old Tricks, Just Enough, How It Goes) hint at a different type of tension perhaps still present or recently abandoned. But, as always, Desjardins lays out the framework for the narrative, leaving it up to the viewer to weave the intricacies of the plot.

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. Fashion and housewares retailer Anthropologie recently added several one-of-a-kind paintings by Desjardins to its online store.

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Caption: Stitch in Time - by Fine Artist, Claire Desjardins (60"x40" - acrylics on canvas). More of her recent works can be seen on her web site:

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