Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cecil Touchon - Post Dogmatist Painting #859 - 48x30 inches - acrylic over paper on canvas

Fusion Series #3853

Cecil Touchon - Fusion Series #3853 - 10x8 inches - collage on paper

Fusion Series #3849

Cecil Touchon - Fusion Series #3849 - 9x6 inches - collage on paper

Fusion Series #3842

Cecil Touchon - Fusion Series #3842 - 18x12 inches - collage on paper

Fusion Series #3804

Cecil Touchon - Fusion Series #3804 - 18x12 - collage on paper

Fusion Series #3810

Cecil Touchon - Fusion Series #3810 - collage on paper - 18x12 inches

Press release from 2015

Beyond Words, an exhibition of new painting and collage works by Cecil Touchon, will be on display from September 12 to October 10, at William Campbell Contemporary Art. A reception for the artist will be held on Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA) Fall Gallery Night, Saturday, September 12, from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. The show will feature the latest work from Touchon’s ongoing exploration of typographic abstraction, wherein pre-existing letter forms are deconstructed and extemporaneously re-assembled to create what the artist calls a “chance aesthetic.”

Based loosely on the concept of the grid, Touchon’s nonrepresentational collages juxtapose structure with spontaneity. Disparate text-inspired shapes are disassembled and compartmentalized within tight geometric areas, at times reminiscent of ttraditional printing plates, but remaining completely abstracted. Limited color palettes maintain a quiet cohesion among the various shapes, textures, and lines that move meticulously around the space, where the segments simultaneously align and overlap, protrude and recede. Ultimately, the compositions evoke a dynamic yet controlled environment throughout the picture plane.

Touchon’s collages focus not on the prescribed, utilitarian function of letters, but rather on their fundamental design aspects and visual impact. “I am interested in the concrete fabric of language, not what can be made out of it as a representational medium,” the artist explains. “I look directly at the letters, not at the ideas that float into one’s mind from reading letters… This is why I say I am releasing the letters from their burden of being bearers of meaning. Hence, this leaves the viewer free of such burdens as well.”

Touchon’s creative process begins with small collages on paper, some of which grow into larger paintings. (Beyond Words will include both the smaller works on paper and the larger canvas pieces.) He originally selected the medium of collage as an homage to the printed page, which, historically, has served as the primary vehicle for representational communication. He choses to employ typography in reference to verbiage, but also because of its graphic impact. At its core, Touchon’s principal interest lies in transforming the written word into something purely visual. “Working with typography as a base, I experiment with multiple ways of thinking about this kind of material such as color relationships and ways of reconstructing the material,” he says.

Touchon strives to create a type of visual poetry within his work as he strips typical communication symbols of their familiarity to highlight their lyrical elegance. In this manner, he elevates through reduction, altering the letters from both visual and cerebral angles. Specific, identifiable systems transcend their assigned roles to become wholly aesthetic and universal, communicating in a way that is, consequently, beyond words.

from
http://artgroupsdfw.com/exhibits-events/cecil-touchon-beyond-words-opening-fall-gallery-night/

Thursday, September 15, 2016

More Fusion Series Collages - #3790 - #3796

Fusion Series #3790 - collage on paper - 12x9 inches

Fusion Series #3791 - collage on paper - 12x9 inches

Fusion Series #3792 - collage on paper - 9x6 inches

Fusion Series #3793 - collage on paper - 9x6 inches

Fusion Series #3794 - collage on paper - 9x6 inches

Fusion Series #3795 - collage on paper - 9x6 inches

Fusion Series #3796 - collage on paper - 9x6 inches

Friday, September 9, 2016

Post Dogmatist Paintings #829 - #834

Post Dogmatist Painting #829 - 2016 - collage on canvas- image: 24x18 inches

Post Dogmatist Painting #830 - 2016 - collage on canvas- image: 30x15 inches

Post Dogmatist Painting #831 - 2016 - collage on canvas- image: 20x20 inches

Post Dogmatist Painting #832 - 2016 - collage on canvas- image: 20x20 inches


 Post Dogmatist Painting #833 - 2016 - collage on canvas- image: 20x16 inches


Post Dogmatist Painting #834 - 2016 - collage on canvas- image: 20x16 inches

Several Black and White Collages

Fusion Series #3762 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 8x6 inches

Fusion Series #3764 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 18x14 inches

Fusion Series #3766 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 12x9 inches

Fusion Series #3767 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 12x9 inches

Fusion Series #3757 - #3763

Fusion Series #3757 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 6x8 inches

Fusion Series #3758 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 9x6 inches

Fusion Series #3759 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 9x6 inches

Fusion Series #3760 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 9x6 inches

Fusion Series #3761 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 6x4 inches

Fusion Series #3763 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 9x9 inches

Fusion Series #3736 - #3739

Fusion Series #3736 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 18x12 inches

Fusion Series #3737 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 18x12 inches

Fusion Series #3738 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 18x12 inches

Fusion Series #3739 - 2016 - collage on paper - image: 18x12 inches

Sampling from Fusion Series #3710 - #3731 all made in Madrid, Spain in December, 2015

Fusion Series #3710 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 6x4 inches

Fusion Series #3711 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 6x4 inches

Fusion Series #3712 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 6x4 inches

Fusion Series #3713 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 6x4 inches

Fusion Series #3714 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 6x4 inches

Fusion Series #3715 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 6x4 inches

Fusion Series #3717 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 6x4 inches

Fusion Series #3720 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches

Fusion Series #3721 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches

Fusion Series #3722 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches

Fusion Series #3726 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches

Fusion Series #3727 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches

Fusion Series #3728 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches

Fusion Series #3729 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches

Fusion Series #3730 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches

Fusion Series #3731 - 2015 - collage on paper - image: 7x5 inches










Fusion Series #3786 - #3789

Fusion Series #3786- 2016 - collage on paper - image: 12x9 inches

Fusion Series #3787- 2016 - collage on paper - image: 12x9 inches

Fusion Series #3788- 2016 - collage on paper - image: 12x9 inches

Fusion Series #3786- 2016 - collage on paper - image: 12x9 inches