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Claire Desjardins Cloud acrylic on canvas 36" x 36"

Claire Desjardins: Ebb & Flow


February 2 - 23, 2012
Reception Friday February 3, 6-9 pm
Hours Tues - Sat 11 - 6 pm, Sunday by appt January to March

"I wish to explore the concept of my own existence in this common space we call earth: sometimes I blend and flow with the environment that surrounds me; sometimes I feel as though I am floating in a completely separate space of my own. Often, I simply exist in between these two realities, hovering on the edge, much like the penumbra, between the light and the darkness, observing life's
ebb and flow."

As the daughter of artists, Desjardins grew up painting and taking art lessons. She took some time away from painting to build a career in graphic design; this training positively influenced her strong painting compositions. Desjardins now devotes all of her creative energy to painting. "I started to get back into painting a few years ago and it's been a wonderful change. People seem to like my
emphasis on bold colours." Desjardins lived in the Caribbean for many years. As a result, the sun-drenched, vibrant colours of the tropics seem almost to burst from her canvases. In addition to her time in the Caribbean, Desjardins has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, making stops in Southeast Asia and North Africa, eventually returning to her hometown of
Montreal. Her travels have had a significant influence; her paintings are alive with an unfettered sense of exploration and bliss.

Montreal-based 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, Desjardins adds a street art immediacy to these historic influences. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.

"[Claire's work encompasses] 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 though 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." Sabine Modder - Managing Editor - Mocoloco.com

 
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Muse Gallery

1230 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada M4T 1W3 416.974.9986

Contact name/number Jay Belmore 416.974.9986

musegallery@bellnet.ca
www.musegallery.ca



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