Deborah Farnault (b. 1983, in Paris, France) earned a BFA from the ESAD Academy of Fine Arts, France, and a MFA from both the ESAD and KUVA National Academy of Fine Arts, Finland.

Farnault has exhibited in France, Sweden, the USA, Italy, and most recently the United Kingdom, including solo and group exhibitions at the following venues: Christie's, New York; International Print Center, New York; Spazio Morris, Milan; Chashama Gallery, New York; Littlefield Gallery, New York; Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg; Chelsea Museum of Art, New York; La Chaufferie Gallery, Strasbourg; Dumbo Arts Center, New York; Charles Bank Gallery, New York; St-Art, Strasbourg; and Supermarket, Stockholm.

Farnault’s work was purchased by the City of Strasbourg, a public collection in France, and was shown in the Montrouge Salon for Contemporary Art, a French creation prize.  She was awarded four residencies: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, New York; The Can Factory, New York; and the NIS/Treignac Projet, France for two consecutive years.  Recently, her work was selected for the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program in New York.  In 2011 and 2012, she was invited as a visiting artist to present her work at Parsons The New School for Design. Farnault is now represented by Fortress To Solitude, New York ().

Farnault currently lives and works in New York.


The convergence of urbanism and landscape is the foundation of my work. Through the use of photography-based research, I observe social structures. I address the ideas of absence, romanticism, representation, and authenticity of experience.

I use the myth of primal nature – powerful and self-sufficient – and confront it to settlement and gatherings, observing how our relation to landscape has turned into a spectacle. To better understand our current social phenomena, I follow parades, tourist itineraries, and I stay in gated communities and national parks.

My images represent a landscape that is both majestic and oppressive, while their processing – pixelization, halftones, black and white treatment, rust of metal – degrades the image and produces a dichotomy of the wild and the tamed. This process annihilates the spectacle and stresses the construction of the image, which pressures the viewer to question what he is looking at. This viewing experience that could be one of contemplation ends up being one of frustration. “As such, we fill in meaning based on our own experiences, perception and desires.” (1)

Working with a diversity of media creates a panoramic story about the perception of reality, and about the significance of the visual image as the sign and the recording of collective experience. I illustrate the search for an ideal landscape or for some peace of mind, balancing back and forth between chaotic and peaceful visions. It is a collection of encounters and sensory experiences, while making our way through life and getting lost in unconstrained thoughts.

(1) This Must Be the Place, a text about Deborah Farnault’s work by Barbara Adams and David Peppas, 2012


b. 1983, Paris, France
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 2009Institute of Political Studies, Strasbourg, FRANCE, MA
  • 2008ESAD - École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Strasbourg, FRANCE, MFA
  • 2007Kuvataideakatemia - Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, MFA
  • 2006ESAD - École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Strasbourg, FRANCE, BFA
  • 2012This Must Be The Place - Phase 2, Spazio Morris, Milan, Italy
  • 2012This Must Be The Place - Phase 1, Chashama 461 Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2011When We Talk About Love, Littlefield Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009I Haven't Seen The Place I Have Looked At, Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg, France
  • 2008Unveil, Studio Descartes, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
  • 2014New Prints, Christie's, New York, NY
  • 2014New Prints 2014, International Print Center New York, New York, NY
  • 2013New Prints, Edinburgh Printmakers
  • 2013Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2013B+W Print, Bushwick Print Lab, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2013New Print, Bushwick Print Lab, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2013XXII, Spazio Morris, Milan, Italy
  • 2013New Prints, International Print Center New York, New York, NY
  • 2012NURTUREart 2012 Benefit, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2012Oxheart, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2011David Harper's, Curate NYC 2011, New York, NY
  • 2011NURTUREart 2011 Benefit, Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, NY
  • 2011Free Hand to Strasbourg Art Library, La Chaufferie Gallery, Strasbourg, France
  • 2010Pop Up, DAC - Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009Young creation prize, Montrouge's Salon for Contemporary Art, Montrouge, France
  • 2009St-Art - European Contemporary Art Fair, St-Art - European Contemporary Art Fair, Strasbourg, France
  • 2008MFA Graduation Show, ESAD, Strasbourg, France
  • 2007L'expo des Échanges, Projects Gallery-ESAD, Strasbourg, France
  • 2007Koh-i-noor Gallery, Supermarket Art Fair
  • 2006Landscape-Politics-Identity, La Chaufferie Gallery, Strasbourg, France
  • 2006Art in the conditional present-Landscapes of the XXIst Century, La Chaufferie Gallery, Strasbourg, France
  • 2013Viewing Program, Drawing Center, New York, NY
  • 2009Featured for young creation prize, Montrouge's Salon for Contemporary Art, Montrouge, France
  • 2012Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – Swing Space Program, New York, NY, United States
  • 2010The Old American Can Factory, Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 2008N.I.S./Treignac Projet, Treignac, France
  • 2007N.I.S./Treignac Projet, Treignac, France
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