CONNOR LILJESTROM (b. 1995, Jackson, WY) Graduated with a BA in fine art from the University of Wyoming in 2019, where he gained recognition through scholarship award, portfolio review, and residency selection. Since, his works have sold out at solo exhibitions and been collected privately both nationally and internationally. Though initially supported by a partnership with New West Fine Art, his stand-out emergent success has allowed for the establishment of his own independent art studio that serves collectors directly.
His work references mythologies, Hollywood and pop culture, natural history, colonialism, and the canon of Western-centric art history. Liljestrom layers these references such that a platform for the viewer is created to either enter conversation centered around these subjects, or be introduced to them for the first time all together. The quality of his mark making, paint application and color manipulation engages the viewer with the surface of his work and expands his statement beyond rendered content to the medium itself. He works primarily in oil and mixed oil media.
He lives and works in Jackson, Wyoming.
From Western Art Collector May 2021 Issue: