February 18 - March 26, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb. 18th, 6 - 8 pm

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Fusion Series #2139
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Fusion Series #2151


Visual music comes in all flavors and textures in the work of Cecil Touchon. It can be as sensuous and multi-layered as a baroque opera or as spare and inferential as a cool jazz riff. It can taste like chocolate or feel like a summer breeze. An abstract painting can be so graphically precise that one can hear the melody and feel the beat.

Cecil Touchon is able to evoke a full range of intellectual and emotional response with visual images that pull the eye into the realm of the senses. He was still very young when he got the idea that he could paint music by using musical principles of construction. He understood instinctively that he could create a new musical experience each time the viewer looked at a painting by playing with the movement of the focal point and the spatial harmonies that were created in the process. As he moved into the prime of his career, his work went far beyond those original impulses, and yet music remained as an undercurrent in his work.

Touchon's art covers a wide range of abstraction, from somewhat Cubist studies of almost discernible subjects to lyrical, interwoven grids to subtly shaded trompe l'oeil geometric solids complete with implied frames. His entire body of work interrelates seamlessly because of two factors: motion and juxtaposition. In every piece, the viewer's eye is led at a lively clip all around and in and out of the composition. Even the most angular framework pulsates with dynamic life.

Touchon creates many of his most subtle rhythms by working in collage, tucking bright inferences behind tantalizing surfaces or inventing new relationships by disassembling and reassembling components in an almost jigsaw fashion. These studies in various sizes are complete works of art, and in some cases they also act as intermediate steps toward paintings. In the latter case, the collage metaphor is carried through to the surface texture. The illusion of built-up layers and sharply cut edges adds an interplay of light and shadow that heightens the mystery even as it relieves the modernist severity of a minimalist canvas.

Touchon's interest in collage extends outside his studio to the world at large. Ten years ago, he positioned himself at the crossroads of this germinal medium by founding the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction (IMCAC). He has amassed a large collection that he keeps in circulation, either through the institution's website, or through traveling exhibitions. He also maintains a physical location in Cuernevaca, Mexico, at a residential art school and bed and breakfast facility, Casa del Artista.

Touchon is a fountainhead of fine art, producing a kaleidoscope of images that have found their way into European museum exhibitions, scholarly publications, and private residences. His work hangs publicly in so many corporate collections that it has become a part of the business environment. At play in the fields of form, Cecil Touchon generates a continuously evolving stream of art that is the embodiment of classical modernist elegance.

Touchon's exhibit at William Campbell Contemporary Art is dedicated to Cynthia Brants, a modernist pioneer member of the Fort Worth School and Touchon's cousin who recently passed away.

Previous Exhibitions

 RANDALL REID & STEVE MURPHY - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: December 2, 2005 – January 14, 2006,

 RICHARD THOMPSON - Mindful Wading: October 22 – November 26, 2005

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - Work by Tarrant County artists: June 25 – August 6, 2005


 KEVIN TOLMAN - PAINTINGS + DRAWINGS: May 14 – June 18, 2005

 SEVAN MELIKYAN - ‘AFTER’ SERIES II: April 2 – May 2, 2005

 A FOCUSED VISION - Group Exhibition: February 11 – March 26, 2005

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - NEW PAINTINGS: December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005

 J.T. GRANT - BÊTE NOIRE: September 18 – October 23, 2004

 SURFACE - Group Exhibition: June 19 – September 4, 2004

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD - NEW WORK: May 1 - June 5, 2004

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