Claire Desjardins comes from a long line of artists and grew up in Montreal (Canada). She worked for many years as a graphic designer and was ensconced in a life of technology and marketing. In 2011, she gave up the regular pay cheque to pursue her love of painting.
Claire received two grants to attend artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011 and 2013. She travelled to southeastern China, also on a grant, to attend the Da Wang Culture Highland artist residency, in the fall of 2013. She is represented by Galerie Lydia Monaro (Montreal, QC), Muse Gallery (Toronto, ON), Sozo Gallery (Charlotte, NC), and has been a top-selling artist on Saatchi Art since 2011; Saatchi Art interviewed her for their magazine in August 2012, and her work is regularly featured in their collections, on their home page. 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, such as bags, rugs, bedding and accessories, and sell it under the Claire Desjardins signature label.
Claire recently signed an agreement with Warner Brothers, who used her art in their feature film, "Winter's Tale" (released in February, 2014).
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."