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CECIL TOUCHON
William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth
by Todd Camplin

This past weekend I finally met Cecil Touchon at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort
Worth. I was hoping he would be at his opening titled Beyond Words. About 10 years ago
I stumbled across a book titled Massurrealism: A Dossier in a Dallas used bookstore. That is
when I first became acquainted with Touchon’s work. Ever since then, I have run across
several of his shows without the pleasure of meeting him.  I wanted to hear about his
process and some of the ideas behind his work, and he was happy to talk.
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In previous shows, I have only seen his paintings, yet I had seen some of his process pieces in
photographs. William Campbell Contemporary Art gallery gave me a treat by including his
cut-out collages in the show. I think this gave some context to his paintings and I can also
hear the collages speaking to the paintings. These collages were complete works in their own
right. If you are going to Fort Worth before October 10th, see this show.
Post Dogmatist Painting #800
2015
Acrylic and collage on wood
48 x 48 in.
When it comes to his processes, Touchon starts by cutting out words and arranges them into a
composition. He then takes his ideas to board by cutting paper and layering this ripped material
on the surface. He plots out his work, paints the shapes, sands the surface, and finally draws on
the painting to add some depth and shape to his subject. Some of the process sound like a
family affair where his wife and daughter also help to produce part of his paintings. I enjoyed
hearing he included his family in the production process. It made these works all the more
engaging.

Fusion Series #3614
2015
Mixed media collage on paper
9 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.
Post Dogmatist Painting #788
2015
Acrylic and collage on wood
40 1/2 x 40 in.