Art Talk about Colorful Art with Canadian Award-Winning Abstract Painter, Claire Desjardins
Abstract, vivid, and colorful art that really radiates joy, happiness, and really good vibes. On this week’s Art Talk, we have the pleasure of sharing our short interview with Canadian Award-Winning abstract Painter, Claire Desjardins. Her work reminds us of sunshine and happy summer days. And we especially love how flowers are part of this gorgeous colorful art in an abstract way. It’s in these details that we fell in love with Claire’s work.
Claire was one of 6 artists selected by Microsoft to design skins for the launch of the Microsoft Surface. In 2019, she launched her own apparel brand–which features collections for women inspired by her colorful art. She’s also collaborated with the U.S. retail chain, Anthropologie. Claire’s apparel collections are currently being sold in about 500 boutiques all across North America.
Musa Creativa (MC): Tell us about you, and your work.
Claire: My name is Claire Desjardins, and I’m a full-time artist. Mostly, I paint color-filled abstract paintings with dynamic brush strokes. I also dabble in steel sculpture and textile arts.
MC: Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind your colorful art pieces.
Claire: My first love is color, and I am inspired by the day-to-day. I live in the country, surrounded by nature. In the summer months, my other pleasure is gardening. I have a series of unruly flower gardens that I tend to, in a most informal way. The colors of my perennials and the wildflowers are second to none.
MC: As for your creation process, how long does it usually take you to finish one of these colorful art pieces?
Claire: Paintings can take anywhere from one hour to a couple of years, start to finish. Sometimes I think I’ve finished a painting, but really, when I stare at it long enough, I realize that it’s not complete. There’s a lot of looking involved in this process. And this can actually be the most time-consuming part of my creative process.
MC: Your art pieces speak of vivid color–which captured us at first sight! Is this something that sets your art apart?
Claire: I use a combination of bold colors in my artworks, and I would have to say that this is my signature. I have a number of different painting styles that I like to play around with, but the one common thread is my use of color.
MC: What does being an artist mean to you?
Claire: I live and breathe art. It is a creative life that knows no bounds. I often find myself trying new materials and I never tire of finding different ways of approaching an issue–whether it be beautifying the municipality that I live in, making more functional sculptures (ex: ones that prevent vehicles from driving over protruding rocks in the road), or simply adding color and life to a living space. It’s all art! And it’s all an enjoyable challenge for me.
I live and breathe art. It is a creative life that knows no bounds.Claire Desjardins, Award-winning Abstract Painter
MC: Up until now, what has influenced your art?
Claire: I originally was most influenced by mid-century abstract expressionists. I still love mid-century, as I enjoy the feeling of nostalgia that goes with it. But now, I have broadened my horizons and I love the works of many other artists, too–both contemporary and past. Artists like Yayoi Kusama, the Gee’s Bend Quilters, Jacquie Comrie, Eliézar Martínez, Cat Huss, and Sonal Nathwani. As well as Kano Nakamura, Pooja Pittie, Ted Collier, Simone Saunders, Rose Pearlman, and so many more.