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Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

Artistic approach

Even though Pierre Desjardins became a physicist and went on to a career in telecommunications, he was born a painter. He began a new life at the age of 52 when he took up his paintbrushes again, although he had never completely put them aside. Now he dedicates himself exclusively to his art. Pierre paints light, following the lead of his emotions and joining the ranks of the great Impressionist school of painters.

 Desjardins learned quickly, and it was not long before he gained recognition. He has made a name for himself in urban painting without ever falling prey to simplistic notions. He remains very demanding of himself in his desire to communicate his wonder at the scenes that delight or move him. A tireless worker, Desjardins continually improves his technique and his palette of colours in order to better serve the light that is his passion.

 More than ten years later, Pierre Desjardins confides, ”I am always in search of luminosity, and I pursue that special something that still escapes me, a unique recipe, a certain light à la Desjardins, a light that can communicate all the complexity and the poetry of contemporary urban life.“ 

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Biography

After a rather solitary childhood, growing up on a farm, I spend the majority of my free time drawing. Life having a way of leading you down unexpected paths took me into scientific rather than artistic studies (BSc Physics). And life continued on to marriage, children, and a career in telecommunications which gave me the opportunity to travel around the world for several years.

Painting remains a constant through my life and occupies my leisure time. Over the years, it becomes a challenge, an obsession and finally a passion to which I have decided to commit myself entirely.
 
 

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Education

Professional Training       

Art History, Quebec University in Montreal 2000-2004
Visual Art Certificate, Quebec University in Montreal 1996-1998
Mission Renaissance School - Painting and Drawing - Montréal 1988 à 1997
BSc. Physics, University of Montreal 1960 à 1964
 

Professional Development

Probably as a result of my background in science, I decided to study and master the impressionist painter's technique which provide me with the means to render on canvas the glowing effect of light that I am looking for. Most of my work and instruction have been in that direction and will continue in the same vein.


 

EXHIBITIONS

I have participated in numerous exhibitions and I am represented by the following art galleries:

- Gallery Bel Art, Quebec City (since 1998)
- Galerie d'art Le Royer, Montréal (2002 to 2009)
- Galerie d'art Knowlton (since 2004)
- Galerie d'art Maistre (since 2006)

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Solo Exhibitions

Galerie Le Royer Montréal 2004
Atelier - Complexe du Canal Lachine Montréal 2001
Galerie «Le 1040» Montréal 1998
Galerie «Le 1040» Montréal 1997


Group Exhibitions  
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Media coverage

 Ménard, Amélie, Pierre Desjardins, Le bonheur est en avant, Magazin’art, 17ième année, no. 65, Automne 2004, page 89-91. et  article traduit page 140-142.  

Paquin, Nathalie,  Pierre Desjardins, Le grand défi de la lumière,  Parcours, Guide Annuel 2004-2005, Vol. 10, no 1, p.40

 Magazin’art,  Les gens qui font l’événement,  « Une première exposition importante pour Pierre Desjardins à Montréal »,  16ième année, no.3, printemps 2004, no.63, p. 61

 Répertoire biennal des artistes canadiens en galerie,  Magazin’art, 2004-2005

 Répertoire biennal des artistes canadiens en galerie,  Magazin’art, 2002-2003 

Répertoire biennal des artistes canadiens en galerie,  Magazin’art, 1999-2001

 Agenda plume & Pinceaux de la Montérégie, Éditions Art Libre, 1998

 Magazin’art,  11ième année, no.1 Fall 1998

 De Roussan, Jacques, Guide de Roussan, 1998

 Répertoire biennal des artistes canadiens en galerie,  Magazin’art, 1997-1998

 Magazin’art,  10ième année, no.1 Fall 1997

 De Roussan, Jacques, Guide de Roussan, 1997

 Courrier de la Rive Sud,  October 1996