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 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…
Andre Desjardins Resumé
January 2008 - Exhibition at Gallerie Sorance in Victoria (BC)