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Le manege 2010

Deborah Liljegren
New York , NY

About the Artist

For a long time, Deb referred to herself as a photographer rather than as an artist. She did this because the majority of her work was done in the photographic medium and her camera had been, in many ways, her champion.

She grew up with cameras, films, and the other photography accouterments being as normal to her as baseballs or dolls were to other kids. She learned to take what was there, what was real — the light, the dark, the mood, the balance, the air — and translate it through the lens. Having a deep affinity for water, she merged these two passions and began creating underwater…

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About the Artist

For a long time, Deb referred to herself as a photographer rather than as an artist. She did this because the majority of her work was done in the photographic medium and her camera had been, in many ways, her champion.

She grew up with cameras, films, and the other photography accouterments being as normal to her as baseballs or dolls were to other kids. She learned to take what was there, what was real — the light, the dark, the mood, the balance, the air — and translate it through the lens. Having a deep affinity for water, she merged these two passions and began creating underwater work. In the water, everything that we know goes away — noise, gravity, perceptions — there is tremendous peace and it allows Liljegren to create visual enigmas that calm rather than confuse.

Even with this devout love of photography, Liljegren had always worked in other media. Yet it felt false to her to present this other art because she had been subscribing to an unwritten rule that dictated that she could only be a photographer, only be a painter, or only some other type of artist. As soon as she let go of this rule, she says that she started to delve into "what makes me, me."

For as much as she is exploring inward and striving forward, she looks backward as well. History plays greatly into who she is and where she will go and it has inspired Deb to revive a classic role of an artist, that of a painter. She wants to forge something more than just an image; she wants her paintings to continually morph. That which we actually see is an interpretation — the viewer’s — and that changes with each person, lighting, environment, and more.

What continues to result from this self-exploration is a body of work that strolls different avenues of creativity while applying equally different media. In many ways, Deb’s work seems like the work of multiple artists … or perhaps multiple personalities. "There is no rule that says that says that I am allowed only one personality. I could not abide such a limitation. After all, I am an artist."

Artist’s Work

Underwater Photography
Sunrise on the reef
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Sunrise on the Reef

By Deborah Liljegren

Violet detail
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Violet Detail

By Deborah Liljegren

Abstract 4
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Abstract

By Deborah Liljegren

Pink feathers
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Pink Feathers

By Deborah Liljegren

Beautiful
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Beautiful/Ray

By Deborah Liljegren

Split fin sun
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Split-Fin Sun

By Deborah Liljegren

Happiness 2010
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Happiness, 2010

By Deborah Liljegren

West caicos 2009
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West Caicos, 2009

By Deborah Liljegren

A touch of red
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A Touch of Red

By Deborah Liljegren

Pink and aquamarine softness
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Pink and Aquamarine Softness

By Deborah Liljegren

Good Nights Series
The view from downtown
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The View from Downtown

By Deborah Liljegren

Le garcon 2010
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Le Garcon, 2010

By Deborah Liljegren

Ice cold pepsi
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Ice Cold Pepsi

By Deborah Liljegren

Night pride in new york city
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Night Pride in New York City

By Deborah Liljegren

Toi la je taime
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Toi, là! Je t'aime!

By Deborah Liljegren

Good nights chocolate hole st john 2011
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Good nights: Chocolate Hole, St. John, 2011

By Deborah Liljegren

The Bubble Series
Emergence 5
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Emergence

By Deborah Liljegren

Group outing
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Group Outing

By Deborah Liljegren

Inverted halo
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Inverted Halo

By Deborah Liljegren

Covert operation
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Covert Operation

By Deborah Liljegren

Thaleiamaternal
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Thaleia/Maternal

By Deborah Liljegren

The bubble from above
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The Bubble from Above

By Deborah Liljegren

Paintings
Honey ryder 1
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Honey Ryder #1

By Deborah Liljegren

A leg to stand on 2
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A Leg To Stand On

By Deborah Liljegren

Solitaire 2
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Solitaire

By Deborah Liljegren

Cruzs curve
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Cruz's Curve

By Deborah Liljegren

Corky
The dragon appears
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The Dragon Appears

By Deborah Liljegren

The balance of good and evil
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The Balance

By Deborah Liljegren

St. Barthélemy
Which way
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Which Way

By Deborah Liljegren

Je taime ines
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Je t'aime (Ines)

By Deborah Liljegren

St jean   la nuit
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St. Jean à la Nuit

By Deborah Liljegren

Le valet
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Le Valet

By Deborah Liljegren

Lolo rising
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Lolo Rising

By Deborah Liljegren

Striated feathers
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Striated Feathers

By Deborah Liljegren

Waking reflections
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Waking Reflections

By Deborah Liljegren

Golden fibers
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Golden Fibers

By Deborah Liljegren

Afternoon in grand fond
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Afternoon in Grand Fond

By Deborah Liljegren

Grand fond i
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Grand Fond I

By Deborah Liljegren

Oft ignored
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Oft Ignored

By Deborah Liljegren

A different view
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A Different View

By Deborah Liljegren

Lone palm 2
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Lone Palm

By Deborah Liljegren

Photography
Perky pink
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Perky Pink

By Deborah Liljegren

A star is born
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A Star is Born

By Deborah Liljegren

Yum
Hibiscus dancer
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Hibiscus Dancer

By Deborah Liljegren

Something is missing
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Something is Missing

By Deborah Liljegren

A walk under the boughs
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A Walk Under the Boughs

By Deborah Liljegren

Leaving the pergola
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Leaving the Pergola

By Deborah Liljegren

Edwin at the bag 2010
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Edwin at the Bag, 2010

By Deborah Liljegren

France Photography
Le manege 2010
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Le Manège, 2010

By Deborah Liljegren

Plus vite
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Plus Vite

By Deborah Liljegren

Pinkie in paris
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Pinkie in Paris

By Deborah Liljegren

Regardez
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Regardez

By Deborah Liljegren

Nautical
Lull 2010
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Lull, 2010

By Deborah Liljegren

In dock 2009
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In Dock

By Deborah Liljegren

Selected Exhibitions

  • Eostre
    New York, NY, 2017
  • UForge Gallery
    Boston, MA, 2016
  • Sragow Gallery
    New York, NY, 2013
  • Affordable Art Fair
    New York, NY, 2013
  • New Century Artists
    New York, NY, 2010

Press and Accolades

  • "We'd been collecting art and antiques for more than 30 years when we saw Deb's "Sunrise on the Reef" at a gallery opening in New York. We rarely added photographs to our collection and when we did so, it was with pieces that were produced decades ago. With this piece though, we couldn't resist. We bought our first contemporary photograph. Of course, now we want more." - Private collector, Boston, Massachusetts
    November 2010
  • "I add one new piece to my small, but growing collection each year. I hadn't even begun to look for a new piece when I literally walked by Deb holding a painting while on the sidewalk. She was getting ready to go over to a gallery to hang her show. I fell in love with the painting she was holding and added it to my collection right then and there" - Private collector, NYC
    April 2010

Education

  • University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Art
    Amherst, Massachusetts,1995 
  • Université de Rouen, 1e, 2e, and 3e degrees
    Rouen, France