CLAIRE TABOURET

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Snow in the Desert (2017)
Acrylic on canvas

Images Courtesy of Night Gallery
Photography Nik Massey

 


Born in 1981 in Pertuis, France, Claire Tabouret graduated from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She lives and works in Los Angeles since 2015. She had numerous group and solo shows including “One Day I Broke a Mirror”, with Yoko Ono at Villa Medici, Rome, this year. 


Tabouret's paintings often show female subjects and children. These figurative works strongly recall the foundational themes of nineteenth-century Romanticism with an emphasis on the individual and emotion. This school of thought advocates the ability of aesthetic experiences to conjure profound and perhaps otherwise untapped depths of humanity. But while these paintings recall Romanticism, they also question and undermine its ethos. The individual disappears in Tabouret's paintings, figuratively as her subjects become emotionally ambiguous and enigmatic, and literally as they bleed into their backgrounds.
 

 
 
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The Wanderer (blue) (2017)
Acrylic on canvas

Images Courtesy of Night Gallery
Photography Nik Massey
 

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Makeup (red and purple) 2016
Acrylic on wood

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Makeup (red mouth) 2016
Acrylic on wood

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Another series known as the Makeup portraits continue her exploration of female portraiture. Here, women’s faces are distorted by dramatic smears of color: lipstick splashes violently beyond the outlines of the mouth, suggesting blood and questioning the innocence of the ubiquitous ritual of cosmetics. Tabouret draws a comparison between the elevated paint on the canvas to the more mundane painting of the face, and color becomes an instrument of oppression.

More of Tabouret's work will be presented in her upcoming solo show at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai from November 12th 2017 to January 21rst 2018.
 

 
 
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Les Étreintes (2017)
Monoprint and collage on paper
 

 
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Sitting (2016)
Acrylic on canvas
 

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Le Petit Pope (2013)
Enameled terracotta and textiles

Photography Annik Wetter

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Le Lapin Blanc (2013)
Enameled terracotta

Photography Annik Wetter