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Andre  Desjardins

Andre Desjardins

Andre Desjardins Biography


André Desjardins is a painting poet. As others use words, his work evokes life using lines, colors and textures. Having contact with its work is a unique experience that teased the viewer with a taste of life: to like and be liked, to love and to be loved, to see and to be seen... Andre’s works are alive: they speak, they listen, they seduce, they move. Andre’s latest work reflects his feelings towards the number of conflicts around the world. "I have witnessed prohibition behind the scenes, where, for a moment, decent people are reconciled with themselves. With my brush, for the brief moment of a painting, I give them the right. I celebrate the right to live, to love, to speak, to make love… With my brush, in the space of a painting, I wanted to tell them that I haven't forgotten them and I hope I can somehow give them a bit of courage. Whether they are here or far away…

I suddenly wanted to paint life! I needed to express the urgency to live!"

Andre Desjardins

Andre Desjardins Description


Perhaps the best way to understand the extraordinary by this artist is to hear its description by the artist himself. The following is a link to an amazing video of Desjardins creating in his studio:

Andre Desjardins Statement


In the last few years, I have become concerned about the number of conflicts breaking out all over our planet. I am thinking, of course, of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Darfur, Palestine, Israel… and I'm deeply distressed to note that these conflicts are based on intolerance of difference and in the end it is the populations that take the rap. I wonder if there's an opening, a way out, a chance for peace. I don't see any.

In the last few years, I have been haunted by a sense of helplessness. My only outlet is my brush. There was a time when I wanted to paint life at its simplest and most beautiful. It was my answer to death. Not what we call "natural" death, but rather meaningless death, unjust death, hidden under bombs, stemming from barbarity. The death that kills innocents every day…

A few months ago, I took a trip where I witnessed the denial of civil liberties. I came back filled with new questions: today, in 2007, how can we still have to defend the right to be a woman? To be a child? Isn't the right to say, to choose, to love, to hope fundamental…? The right to be Sunni, Shi'ite, Catholic or Muslim…?

And I, as someone who can paint without censorship, how can I cope with these dark times? How can I give courage to my contemporaries who fight for their rights on a daily basis…? How can I denounce violations and be heard?

Yes, I've seen rights trampled on, but religion, politics, morals, skin colour won't stop...

Kenza from taking off her veil…

Craig from loving another man…

Elizabeth from refusing a forced marriage…

Indira from being a woman…

William from leaving…

They will do it discreetly, it is as simple as that. I have witnessed scenes, where, for a moment, decent people are reconciled with themselves. With my brush, for the brief moment of a painting, I give them the right. I celebrate the right to live, to love, to speak, to make love… With my brush, in the space of a painting, I wanted to tell them that I haven't forgotten them and I hope I can somehow give them a bit of courage. Whether they are here or far away…

André Desjardins
February 2008

Andre Desjardins Resumé


Recent Exhibitions

January 2008 - Exhibition at Gallerie Sorance in Victoria (BC)
September 2007 - Exhibition at Anthracite Gallery in Montreal
August 2007 - Vernissage and exhibition to Expo Art International Montreal "Dans l’Ombre" phase 1
February 2007 - Permanent exhibition to National Monument
November 2006 - Vernissage and exhibition to National Monument Phase 3 of "Surrendering"
June 2006 - Exhibition to the National Monument : Exhibition 'X' pases 3
January 2006 - Exhibition to the National Monument : Exhibition 'X' pases 2
December 2005 - Exhibition to Victoria Place : Exhibition " X"
February 2005 - Vernissage and exhibition to the National Monument. Phase 2 of "Surrendering"
Autumn 2003 - Presentation of the exposure "Surrendering" within the days of the culture of the National Monument
September 2003 - Vernissage and exhibition "Surrendering" to the Hydro-Quebec Cafe of the National Monument.

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Midtown Artery, a gallery of fine contemporary art and sculpture located in the heart of West Greenville's arts district, specializes in the sale of original and limited edition paintings and sculpture. The art gallery features works from such international artists as Andre Desjardins, ML Snowden, Fidel Garcia, Anita Lewis, Yogendra Sethi, Tuan, Escha Van Den Bogerd, Boban, Ira Reines, Renzo, Ken Orton and Hengki Pudjianto.

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