Lee Deffebach (1929 - 10/21/2005)

Originally from Houston, Lee Deffebach was one of Utah's leading abstract painters. According to Utah Art, she was the "only female nonobjective artist in Utah during the early sixties" and she did Utah's first pop-art sculptures and paintings. Deffebach received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah in 1949 and studied in Florence on a Fulbright Fellowship. She worked with the New York modernists in the 1950s and 60s. She likes to paint with bright, basic colors on large canvases.

Deffebach's paintings are incredibly expressive. Although largely nonrepresentational, the artist has packed her works with feeling. Her "painted creations," Robert Olpin says, "have great strength as statements of personal mood."  "Art," explains the artist, "is one way of self-expression. . . . Coming to terms with life is an art, being content is an art." Lee's abstract works are the reflections of her own feelings, the inner workings of her soul.

During the 1960s Deffebach experimented with pop art, creating small assemblages of commonplace items, such as pop cans and coffee cups. She created toy-like sculptures of cars and trucks and painted soda bottles, much as Andy Warhol did during the same era. Later she turned to abstract expressionism and color-field painting.

Deffebach's works are exhibited throughout Utah. Her work can be seen in the major galleries and museums of the area. One of the most talented of Utah artists, she has a gift for the abstract portrayal of beauty.

Adapted from and courtesy of Springville Museum of Art


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Abstract Forest
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ALPH SERIES #12
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Brown Recluse
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CORFU COAST
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Dreams
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